New England Highway Corridor Strategy


Project overview

The New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy aims to create an efficient road transport corridor that has the capacity for future growth.

Key benefits

  • Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, commuters and tourists
  • Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the highway
  • Acknowledges community value and use of areas in and around the corridor

The New England Highway Corridor Strategy is a key priority in the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2014

At 540km long, the highway runs between the western end of the Hunter expressway at Branxton, through the regional centres of Singleton, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Armidale, and to the Queensland border.

The draft strategy has been developed under the Road Network and Corridor Planning program by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Roads and Maritime (RM).

New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy October 2016

Community feedback and local knowledge will be addressed in a community consultation report that will be available when the final strategy is published.

For more information, visit the Roads and Maritime Draft corridors – Northern page.

Project status: 

The short-term investment priorities for the New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy are:

Increase road efficiency and capacity

  • Construct the realignment at Bolivia Hill.
  • Construct the highway upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway.
  • Develop options to progressively increase capacity between the Golden Highway and Muswellbrook (with priority between the Golden Highway and Singleton).

Improve road integration with the whole transport network.

  • Replace the existing rail over road bridge at Gowrie Gates.

Support regional industries.

  • Plan for heavy vehicle enforcement facilities to support the growth in freight.

Put in place a sustainable road maintenance program.

  • Begin heavy-duty pavement reconstruction between Aberdeen and Willow Tree.

Create a reliable road transport corridor.

  • Improve route reliability by looking at how to address flooding issues near Bendemeer and Whittingham.
  • Improve customer journeys through an intelligent transport system strategy.

Look after the liveability of towns for communities along the road corridor.

  • Construct the Scone Bypass.
  • Investigate options for a bypass of Muswellbrook.
  • Continue to preserve the Tenterfield heavy vehicle bypass and the Singleton bypass corridors.