Plans have been unveiled to create 15-minute neighbourhoods in the Hunter region by better connecting local transport networks.
The Hunter Regional Transport Plan covers 10 local government areas comprising Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid Coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said the Draft Hunter Regional Transport Plan is now out for public consultation and outlines the Government’s strategy to bust congestion, improve freight connections and make the M1 a Smart Motorway.
“The Hunter is one of the fastest-growing areas in NSW and we want to ensure we are building what matters to make daily life easier for these communities,” he said.
“This draft plan is our vision for what Transport for NSW should look at to secure a brighter future for people living in the Hunter, by providing support for the businesses and industries that are the lifeblood of this booming area.
“Some of these initiatives we’re already delivering – like the transformative New England Highway upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway – and some are about to get underway, including the Muswellbrook and Singleton bypasses.
“We’re also planning for the future by investigating a range of initiatives such as further upgrades to the New England Highway to improve safety and travel times at Rocky Cut, Belford to Singleton, Singleton to Muswellbrook and Muswellbrook to Scone.”
Transport for NSW is asking residents and stakeholders to contribute to the Hunter Regional Transport Plan by making their submissions by Friday 11 November 2022. The feedback will be used to refine and finalise the plan and the timing of initiatives.
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