NSW Government reveals Golden Highway Corridor strategy

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has revealed the Golden Highway Corridor Strategy, which includes details about the plans and improvements that will be carried out along of the 300km long road, which connects Hunter Valley and Dubbo.

The Highway Corridor will serve as a crucial link for commuters and freight travelling from the Central West region to the Hunter region and ultimately to the Port of Newcastle.

The project, which has been given the top priority in the NSW State Infrastructure Strategy 2014, reflects the government’s vision for improving safety, traffic efficiency and freight access.

"This strategy outlines a range of projects that will make it safer to navigate for both trucks and cars."

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail Kevin Anderson said: “The NSW and Federal Governments have already committed A$133m ($101m) to the upgrade of the Golden Highway, which is an important freight link and one of only three routes north of Sydney where trucks can cross over the Great Dividing Range.

“We expect to see more freight vehicles, some up to 26 metres long, using this road in the coming years.

"This strategy outlines a range of projects that will make it safer to navigate for both trucks and cars."

The works planned as part of the Golden Highway Corridor strategy includes the creation of new overtaking and climbing lanes near Denman, Winery Hill, Ogilvies Hill, as well as between the New England Highway and Putty Road.

Three new heavy vehicle inspection sites will also be created, and certain intersections will also be upgraded along with the level crossing at Denman.

Few sections of road will be repaired and widened and additional work will be carried out to reduce the impact of flooding at Talbragar River, Uarby and Mudies Creek, Whittingham.

The Golden Highway Corridor Strategy was finalised by Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services, using valuable feedback from the community and local stakeholders, including councils.