Progress on M1 upgrade as Enviro report released

Media Release

WT163/2015

03 June 2015

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

Lucy Wicks

Member for Robertson

Tenders have now been invited for detailed design work on the M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges following finalisation of the review of environmental factors (REF).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the release of the REF submissions report was another step in delivering this major upgrade.

“The upgrade of the M1 Pacific Motorway is a major investment in the New South Wales road network,” Mr Truss said.

“The M1 Productivity Package will reduce travel times, improve road freight efficiency and provide for the expected growth of tourism, commuter and freight traffic between Sydney and Newcastle.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay said members of the local community could now access the REF submissions report.

“Community feedback was sought on the REF and the submissions received focused on noise mitigation, design, construction staging and air quality,” Mr Gay said.

“The work being carried out along this section of motorway will improve traffic flow along the Sydney to Brisbane road corridor, one of Australia's busiest transport routes.”

The submissions report also highlights additional investigation work and mitigation measures to be carried out by Roads and Maritime Services in future stages of the project.

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said the upgrade will cater for increased traffic volumes due to the predicted growth of the Central Coast, Hunter Region and North Coast, along with greater freight demand.

“This widening of an eight kilometre section between the Somersby and Kariong interchanges is great news for commuters. It means less time in traffic, and more time at home with their families,” Mrs Wicks said.

“This particular section of the M1 will be upgraded to a six lane road that will deliver more predictable travel times now and into the future.”

Detailed design on the project is expected to be completed in late 2016, with the overall upgrade due for completion in 2019. To view the REF submissions report online visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au

The M1 Productivity Package is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments. The Australian Government has committed $195.8 million to the Package from 2014–15 to 2019–20.