M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace a step closer to construction

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Construction for the M1 extension to Raymond Terrace is a step closer, with details displaying how community feedback has shaped the design.

Transport for NSW Director, Region North Anna Zycki said the release of the Environmental Impact Statement submissions report was a critical step in achieving planning approval for this key ‘missing link’ for motorists travelling between Sydney and Brisbane.

“This project will create more efficient and reliable journeys by bypassing five sets of traffic lights and removing about 25,000 vehicles a day from key congestion and merge points between Newcastle and Maitland – saving nine minutes in travel time,” says Ms Zycki.

“The submissions report is another indication of community involvement in helping us deliver this 15-kilometre four-lane road, which is set to transform the Hunter region.

“We’ve already responded to feedback by modifying the original concept design to include improved access to the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens and a centralised interchange at Old Punt Road. 

“We’ve also improved access to the northbound M1 Motorway entry ramp at Tomago to allow motorists from Newcastle to access the M1 Motorway sooner, which is a great result,” says Ms Zycki.  

Ms Zycki said that the report’s release would allow the Department of Planning and Environment to finalise its project assessment and prepare an environmental assessment report. The Minister for Planning will then decide whether to approve the project and, if approved, outline any conditions that would apply. 

“The Australian and NSW governments have worked together to provide $2.1 billion to deliver the M1 extension and the Hexham Straight widening projects – the scale of which has never been seen before in the Hunter,” Ms Zycki said. 

“By upgrading this vital commuter, freight and tourism link, we’re going leave a lasting legacy of better-connected communities, improved safety and reduced local congestion. 

“We’ll also create about 2700 direct and indirect jobs to boost the local economy when needed most. 

“We’re at the final gate now with the report up for formal approval, which means we’re on track to see shovels in the ground by next year.”

Ms Zycki said the submissions received in response to the EIS for the project covered a range of issues, including noise, biodiversity, traffic and transport.

“I thank all those community members who provided feedback and invite everyone to view the submissions report to learn how Transport for NSW has responded to the topics raised,” Ms Zycki said.

“The M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace will make our region an even better place to live, work and visit. The report’s release demonstrates that we’re on track to commence early works later this year, following approval.”

Source: Transport for NSW

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