Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange opens to traffic

Media Release

FN093/2017

23 June 2017

Joint release with:

Kay Fraser

Mayor of Lake Macquarie City Council

Melinda Pavey

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

  • Section One of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange officially opened today
  • The $40 million upgrade will support the movement of freight while also improving traffic for motorists travelling between Glendale and Cardiff

Hunter motorists have reaped the rewards of the Australian Government's investment in the local road network with the opening of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project was part of the Coalition Government's investment in regional Australia.

“Ensuring regional communities remain well-connected is essential to them reaching their potential, and that is why we are investing in upgrades like this across Australia," Minister Nash said.

“This project will help meet the future transport needs of the Lower Hunter region, while also improving access for heavy vehicles to the M1 Motorway and Port of Newcastle.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the interchange upgrade would pay dividends for the state's economy.

“This upgrade will ensure freight operators can have goods delivered quickly, improving our state's competitiveness within global and domestic markets,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Section One, which has opened today, has created 80 jobs during construction, while the broader two section project is expected to create 3800 jobs. This is a great outcome for the local economy.”

Mayor of Lake Macquarie City Council Kay Fraser said she was delighted to see the first section open, with planning for the project commencing in April 2013 and a new commitment from the NSW Government to develop a business case for future stages.

“The new road connection between Glendale and Cardiff will provide a major boost to local business and make commuter journeys faster, smoother and safer,” Cr Kay said.

“Construction of future stages of the Interchange will allow us to fully realise the potential of this area—to grow new industries, create new jobs and build new homes for the people of Lake Macquarie and our region.”

For more information on the project, visit https://www.lakemac.com.au/transport-interchange