The federal government is investing an additional $80 million to ensure the delivery of one of Hunter’s largest infrastructure projects ever, the extension of the M1 Pacific Highway to Raymond Terrace.
This additional commitment brings the federal government’s investment in the project to $1.68 billion and reinforces our commitment to providing the infrastructure the Hunter region needs.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the extension will get people home earlier and safely and keep goods moving.
“Our government is committed to this transformational project, which will eliminate congestion to provide more reliable travel times for commuters,” said Joyce.
“It will be a game changer for motorists, providing a 15 kilometer extension of the M1 Pacific motorway with two lanes in each direction from Black Hill to Raymond Terrace.
“This will reduce congestion for over 25,000 vehicles a day traveling between Newcastle and Maitland, allowing commuters to move around and giving them time back in their day.
“The project will also provide a significant economic boost to the Hunter region, supporting approximately 2,700 jobs during construction and creating opportunities for local businesses.
New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said the M1 upgrade is part of the state’s record $100 billion infrastructure pipeline.
“This project will support growth in all areas of Hunter and Newcastle, driving a generational shift in productivity, based on a strong and integrated transportation network,” Perrottet said.
“This is a government priority and will benefit all families in the region by helping workers get to and from work in a safer way, spending less time in traffic jams and more time the ones with the others.
NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the NSW Government will continue to invest in priority projects across the state that will provide faster and safer journeys while supporting regional employment.
“By supporting major infrastructure projects like this, we are supporting job creation, business growth and local employment opportunities to ensure the NSW region stays better connected,” said Toole.
“This project will improve traffic flow and increase connectivity, while ensuring better access to the local road network, and provide the final ‘missing link’ in the chain for smoother journeys between the Victoria and Queensland borders.”
NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway said the project would play an instrumental role as part of wider network upgrades across the state.
“We are continuing delivery work on this project, which will build on other investments we have made to transform commutes in the region, such as the recently completed $15 billion Pacific Highway upgrade, which will duplicated the Pacific Highway from Hexham to the Queensland Border,” Farraway said.
“We will continue to work closely with our federal counterparts to ensure we provide the infrastructure our state needs, especially as our supply chains continue to adapt to the impacts of Covid-19.”
New South Wales Senator Perin Davey said projects that improve transport and freight efficiency are good for our regions.
“Our regional industries are export industries, which means we rely on safe, efficient and on-time freight routes to get our products to market. This project will achieve that goal,” Davey said.
“Having state governments and the federal government working together means we can deliver these projects without delay and move Australia forward.”
New South Wales Senator Hollie Hughes said the project would be a real boost for the freight industry and workers.
“We’re seeing a lot of freight coming up the coast from Sydney, including into Queensland, and that will help make those journeys more efficient, saving truckers time and companies money,” Hughes said.
“It is essential for regional businesses and the economy to ensure that local products can reach national and international markets. That’s why we invest in essential road links like this one. »
The $2.1 billion project is jointly funded, with the Australian government committing $1.68 billion and the NSW government committing $420 million.
This funding will also enable the Hexham Straight Widening project, which is currently undergoing the planning approval process. The Hexham Straight Environmental Factors Review and Environmental Impact Statement were recently posted for community comment.