Project overview

The Newell Highway Program Alliance (NHPA) completed northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at Bundaburrah, about 26 kilometres south of Forbes in February 2020.

Project information


Transport for NSW have partnered with BMD and AECOM to form the Newell Highway Program Alliance.

The strategic partnership will deliver 38 additional overtaking lanes in an estimated four years rather than the likely eight years it would take to fund and deliver this work using traditional procurement methods.

This innovative mode of delivery will result in approximately 60 kilometres of new overtaking lanes to improve safety, reduce travel times, allow more accurate travel planning and improve freight efficiency.

The new overtaking lanes are expected to provide around 33 minutes of travel time savings along the length of the Newell Highway from the Victorian to the Queensland border.


The new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes extend for about one and a half kilometres along the highway, about 26 kilometres south of Forbes.

Work on the Bundaburrah project was completed in February 2020.

Bundaburrah map


Now completed, road users travelling on the Newell Highway south of Forbes will experience increased overtaking opportunities to help improve journey reliability.

Other benefits of the project include:

  • improved safety for all road users
  • reduced travel times
  • more accurate travel planning
  • improved freight efficiency.