M1 Pacific Motorway extension project nears start date

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The work on the Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace in New South Wales has taken a step closer to beginning, with contractors locked in for the project.

The Australian and NSW governments have announced John Holland/Gamuda Joint Venture and Seymour Whyte Constructions as the successful contractors to carry out the design and build for the southern and northern sections of the build.

The John Holland/Gamuda Joint Venture are set to build the 10-kilometre southern section that extends from Black Hill to Tomago, and Seymour Whyte Constructions will build the five-kilometre northern section that bypasses Heatherbrae.

The project is being delivered using two collaborative design and construct contracts to ensure innovation, efficiency and value for money in bringing this extension to life.

Benefitting locals with New South Wales, through transforming travel is a key part of the project as NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister, Sam Farraway, spoke on.

“The M1 extension to Raymond Terrace will transform travel in this region by freeing up 25,000 vehicles away from key congestion areas, saving motorists around nine minutes off their trip,” Farraway said.

“This is an exciting time for the Hunter and NSW as this project, together with the Coffs Harbour bypass, will provide the remaining major upgrades to complete a free-flowing route between Sydney and Brisbane with no traffic lights, making getting from A to B easier for motorists.

“We delivered the duplication of the Pacific Highway and now we’re delivering the final piece of the puzzle, which will take travelling in NSW forward.”

The Australian and NSW governments are jointly funding the $2.1 billion M1 Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace project on an 80:20 basis.

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King, spoke on the Australian Governments plans to further support states and territories through this project and others like it.

“The Australian Government is partnering with states and territories across the country to deliver the projects that matter,” King said.

“This project will deliver local jobs in construction while ensuring a safer, faster commute for locals and I look forward to seeing major works getting underway and the benefits flowing.”

The extension is expected to be open to traffic in mid-2028.

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