Update on Hillsborough Rd widening plan

23rd November 2021

Motorists using a busy Newcastle commuter route are on the way towards safer and faster journeys after the community had its say on planning for improvements to Hillsborough Road.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government is investing $35 million to deliver the first stage of the upgrade, from west of Crockett Street to west of Barker Avenue.

“The NSW Government is serious about making sure that the key corridors into Newcastle from the Lake Macquarie area can cater to the massive population growth we’re seeing, which is why we’re committed to seeing a smoother, safer Hillsborough Road,” Mr Toole said.

“It’s a big challenge on an already congested corridor, but it will be a massive improvement for  safety and travel times for the 35,000 motorists who travel along this busy thoroughfare every day, whether it’s for work, school or travel.

“We know roadworks on such a busy corridor will impact local and through-traffic, so we’re tackling one stage at a time to minimise the disruption and keep motorists moving.”

Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said the first stage of the upgrade will deliver the duplication of about 600 metres of Hillsborough Road, the installation of traffic lights at Crockett Street and other road safety improvements.

“Transport for NSW went out to the community and stakeholders in June to consider their proposals for the Stage 1 improvements, and I’d like to thank every member of my community who made their views known,” Mr Piper said.

“It’s the kind of upgrade that you only get one shot at, so I’m hopeful that with 108 submissions received during the consultation period, Transport for NSW will deliver the best solution for everyone who experiences the gridlock of Hillsborough Road.”

“The community has also raised key issues such as access from businesses on Hillsborough Road, including the Combined Newcastle Canine Clubs Showgrounds and the Charlestown Golf Club, as part of the project development.”

Alternative cycle route options are being considered, to provide safer connection to the existing network, as well as measures to protect wildlife.

Transport for NSW has prepared a community consultation report summarising the feedback received and the responses, which is available to view online at nswroads.work/hillsboroughroad. Copies are also available by contacting the Hillsborough Road Project Team on 1800 161 210 or via email at hillsboroughroad@transport.nsw.gov.au.

The next step in planning for the Hillsborough Road upgrade project will be the display of the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors for community comment, which is expected in late 2022.

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