Newell Highway


Project overview

The Newell Highway is the longest highway in NSW, stretching over 1060 kilometres from the Victorian border at Tocumwal to the Queensland border at Goondiwindi, and is a National Highway.

Latest news

Sep 2019 - Access Performance Based Standards Level 2B vehicles

The full length of the Newell Highway is now open to Performance Based Standards Level 2B vehicles up to 30 metres long. The final missing link between Parkes and Forbes has been removed with access approved over two railway level crossings south of Parkes, giving end to end access for the full 1060 km to vehicles travelling at GML, CML and HML.

These larger vehicles perform the same or better than a B Double while offering significantly improved productivity. The vehicles undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are stable at high speeds and have the same ability to accelerate and brake safely as current heavy vehicles. The additional length of the vehicle means it can carry more freight without any additional mass on individual axles. This will result in less heavy vehicles on the road by delivering the same amount of freight in less trips.

For more information please visit Road access webpage.

Roads and Maritime supports the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to process notices and permits for heavy vehicles in NSW and national road freight.

Further information can be obtained from the NHVR website.

Project information


The Newell Highway connects the state's Victorian and Queensland borders and benefits the townships of Berrigan, Jerilderie, Urana, the Riverina, Coolamon, Narrandera, Bland, Weddin, Forbes, Parkes, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Narrabri and Moree Plains. It is the economic backbone for freight and livestock transporters, tourism operators, caravanners and holiday makers, emergency services, media and business owners.

Newell Hwy Corridor Strategy

The strategy addresses the current and future needs of the corridor, including support for greater use of freight vehicle movement.

View or download the Newell Highway Corridor Strategy (PDF, 29.35 MB).