New Expressway Benefits Hunter Region Motorists

Media Release

WT060/2014

17 April 2014

Joint release with:

Ray Williams

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads

Improved travel times between Newcastle and the Upper Hunter are a hallmark of the recently opened Hunter Expressway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said motorists had immediately embraced the Hunter Expressway, which opened on 22 March. 

“Preliminary traffic data shows around 25,000 vehicles per day using the new road on weekdays and around 20,000 vehicles per day using the expressway on weekends,” Mr Truss said.

“These figures are very encouraging and show motorists have opted for quicker and more convenient journeys.

“Our data also shows less traffic now using the New England Highway. There has been a 45 per cent reduction in light vehicles and a 65 per cent reduction in heavy vehicles.

“This is welcome news for motorists whose needs are clearly being met by the new Expressway.”

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams said the traffic figures for the Hunter Expressway were great news for the Hunter region.

“The improvements to traffic flow on the New England Highway and the reduction of traffic on this key route is a great outcome for residents, travellers and our freight industry,” Mr Williams said.

“With the Easter break upon us, the Expressway will provide holiday travellers and locals with safer traffic flow and improved travel times through the Hunter region.”

The Hunter Expressway was designed to accommodate long-term development and growth in the Hunter region in the coming decades.

The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government which invested $1.5 billion and the New South Wales Government which contributed up to $200 million.