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M1 Pacific Motorway extension a step closer to reality

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One of the Hunter’s biggest ever infrastructure projects, the M1 Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace, is a step closer to reality.

It comes as the shortlist of companies, to be invited to tender for the construction, was announced on Wednesday 6 April.

At the same time, registrations of interest are now being called from pre-qualified contractors to widen Hexham Straight as well.

The 15-kilometre M1 extension to Raymond Terrace includes a four-lane divided motorway with two lanes in each direction and new interchanges at Black Hill, Tarro, Tomago and Raymond Terrace.

The Australian ($1.68 billion) and NSW ($420 million) governments have committed a total of $2.1 billion towards both projects, which will support about 2,700 jobs during construction.

“These milestones certainly move us nearer to completion,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said.

“Extending the M1 will significantly improve journeys for tens of thousands of motorists across the Hunter region.

“Delivering this ‘missing link’ will also provide better access for local employment areas and support freight operators transporting mining products to the Port of Newcastle.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway. Photo: Getty Images

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway admitted it would be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the region’s history.

“The Hunter’s existing transport network – the M1 Motorway, the New England Highway and the Pacific Highway – carries some of the highest regional traffic volumes in the state,” he said.

“By removing more than 25,000 vehicles a day from key congestion and merge points between Newcastle and Maitland, we’ll help keep freight, commuters and tourists moving.”

Senator for NSW Jim Molan said the work was part of the government’s $44 billion investment in road and rail projects across NSW since 2013.

“We’ve already delivered $195.8 million to jointly-fund the $391.6 million M1 Productivity Package, which has cut travel times, improved freight efficiency and provide for the growth of tourism, commuter and freight traffic between Sydney and Newcastle,” he explained.

“This package delivered the Kariong to Somersby widening and Kariong interchange, the Tuggerah to Doyalson widening, and the Weakleys Drive intersection upgrade.

“We are also providing $360 million toward the $450 million Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond, which will provide traffic relief to the surrounding road network.

“We’ll continue to invest in and deliver the road infrastructure projects that matter to locals.”

M1 EXTENSION TO RAYMOND TERRACE

The M1 extension is being built under two collaborative design and construction contracts.

For the southern, 10-kilometre Black Hill to Tomago section, CPB Contractors, Acciona Infrastructure Australia, and the John Holland/ Gamuda (Australia) Branch Joint Venture have been selected to take part in the tender process.

For the northern, five-kilometre Heatherbrae Bypass section, Seymour Whyte Constructions and BMD Constructions have been selected to take part in the tender process.

Both contracts are expected to be awarded by the end of 2022.

More information is available at www.caportal.com.au/tfnsw/m1rt

HEXHAM STRAIGHT WIDENING

Following consultation with industry, Transport for NSW will deliver the project through a collaborative approach known as an alliance contract.

Transport for NSW will develop a short-list of tenderers through the Registrations of Interest, and work with these parties to consider and incorporate innovations proposed by industry, ensuring value-for-money delivery of the project’s benefits.

Successful contractors are expected to be announced later this year.

More information is available at www.nswroads.work/hexham

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