Aerial view of Raymond Terrace extension

M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace

The Australian and NSW governments are continuing planning for a future extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace.

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AUG 2022

AUG 2022Formal tender period now closed

The M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace formal tender period has now closed.

We thank all shortlisted contractors for their involvement in this process.

We will now assess and evaluate the bids received and we look forward to announcing the successful contractors later this year.

Throughout the tender period, we held over 20 tender interactive sessions focusing on technical innovation, design and commercial management.

The major construction phase of the extension will be delivered using two design and construct contracts to ensure innovation, efficiency and value for money in the delivery of the project.

The delivery of the project is expected to create 2700 jobs during construction.

JUL 2022

JUL 2022Getting to know your community survey

We are continuing to build our knowledge of your community to help us identify ways to minimise impacts during future early work activities and major construction. The more we know about your engagement preferences, the more we can communicate in a way that best suits you. Complete the Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace community survey.

This survey is voluntary, and you may choose to complete only parts of it. By including your name and contact details we will be able to include you on our stakeholder database, keep you updated and involve you in further engagement opportunities. This will also enable us to contact you to discuss any specific concerns you raise in the survey. The survey should take around five minutes to complete. If you have any questions relating to this survey or the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace project, please visit our portal or contact us for more information. To complete the survey, please visit: Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace community survey.

JUN 2022

JUN 2022Submissions report released

The M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was on public exhibition between Wednesday 28 July 2021 and Tuesday 24 August 2021. We thank those who engaged with us during this time.

We have prepared a submissions report which responds to the submissions received from the community, NSW Government agencies and local councils during the EIS exhibition period. The submissions report is now available on our interactive portal and the Department of Planning and Environment's DPE Major Projects website. For more information, please see our June 2022 Project Update (PDF, 3.61Mb).

APR 2022

APR 2022Shortlisted companies for M1 Pacific Motorway extension

Companies shortlisted to build the M1 Pacific Motorway to Raymond Terrace have been officially announced following approval from the Australian and NSW governments.

For the southern section, which will be a 10 kilometre section from Black Hill to Tomago, CPB Contractors, Acciona Infrastructure Australia, John Holland Gamuda Australia Joint Venture have been shortlisted.

For the northern section, which includes a five kilometre bypass of Heatherbrae, Seymour Whyte Constructions and BMD Constructions have been shortlisted.

JAN 2022

JAN 2022Funding boost for M1 to Raymond Terrace

The Federal Government has announced a further $80 million to ensure delivery of the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace. This additional commitment brings the total investment for the project to $1.68 billion. The M1 Pacific Motorway extension and Hexham Straight widening projects are being jointly funded with a total investment of $2.1 billion - $1.68 billion provided by the Federal Government and $420 million from the NSW Government.

DEC 2021

DEC 2021Partners and Suppliers

Do you have a business that is seeking opportunities to partner with or supply to the M1 Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace project?

Interested partners and suppliers can complete the online form and details will be passed on to the successful contractors, when appointed.

AUG 2021

AUG 2021Environmental impact statement (EIS)

An environmental impact statement (EIS) was developed to identify potential impacts associated with the project.

The EIS outlines the key features of the project and assesses its potential environmental, social and economic impact during construction and operation.

The project update (PDF, 2.27Mb) summarises the key issues outlined in the EIS and we have prepared a document to answer frequently asked questions (PDF, 268Kb).

The Department of Planning and Environment placed the EIS on exhibition between 28 July and 24 August 2021.

We will prepare a submissions report to respond to the issues raised during the public exhibition. The report will be made publicly available for stakeholders and the community to view.

Project information

The M1 Pacific Motorway and Pacific Highway are critical links in the National Land Transport Network and among the busiest transport corridors in Australia.

Planning for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace started in October 2004 and has involved an extensive community consultation program to identify a preferred route and develop a concept design.

A design was displayed for community comment in 2008 with feedback considered to develop a refined design which was announced in 2010. The route was reserved in the Newcastle and Port Stephens Local Environmental Plans.

Transport for NSW provided a Community Update on the project in 2016, and invited comments from the community on the revised design to ensure the proposal provided the best outcome for road users, the environment and the community.

Feedback from the 2016 Community Update was considered by Transport for NSW, with further design improvements made to incorporate major improvements for connectivity to the surrounding road network and minimise environmental impacts.

Design improvements made since 2016 include:

Following community consultation, we have made further design improvements including:

  • Improved direct access from the Pacific Highway in and out of the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
  • A centralised interchange located at Old Punt Road at Tomago
  • Improved access to the northbound M1 Motorway entry ramp at Tomago

Timing for construction is not confirmed and is subject to planning approval.

The proposed upgrade includes:

  • 15 kilometres of dual carriageway motorway with two lanes in each direction, bypassing Hexham and Heatherbrae
  • interchanges at Black Hill, Tarro, Tomago, and Raymond Terrace
  • a 2.6 kilometre bridge over Woodlands Close, the Main Northern Railway, New England Highway and Hunter River
  • minimum flood immunity along the new roadway for a one in 20 year event.

Key benefits of the proposal include:

  • improved connection between the M1 Pacific Motorway and the Pacific Highway
  • improved traffic flow for motorists and freight for more reliable travel times
  • improved accessibility to the surrounding road network
  • improved safety for all road users.

During the next phase of the project we will:

  • continue to consult with property owners, residents, project focus groups and other impacted stakeholders
  • keep the community informed as planning progresses. Access the latest Project update (PDF, 2.27Mb).
  • complete investigations into to the project that better address future transport and community needs
  • prepare a submissions report to respond to the issues raised during the public EIS exhibition and seek planning approval to the project.

Project documents

Project notifications

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June 2017 project notification

The planning for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace is progressing.



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M1 Pacifc Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace Submissions Report

June 2022

June 2017 community consultation report

M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.


Project updates

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June 2022 project update

Submissions report released

July 2021 project update

Environmental Impact Statement.

October 2020 project update

M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.

August 2016 project update

M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace - Have your say – Design changes.



Contact us

For further information contact:

Phone: 1800 094 895 (business hours)


Mail: M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace Project Manager, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300

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