Community heard on NSW’s Hillsborough Road improvement works

Community heard on NSW’s Hillsborough Road improvement works The community has had its say on the planning for improvements to Hillsborough Road, with works already planned for the first stage of the project.

The New South Wales Government has invested $35 million to deliver the first stage of the works, which will deliver the duplication of about 600 metres of Hillsborough Road, the installation of traffic lights at Crockett Street and other road safety improvements.

The upgrade is aiming to improve the traffic flow, safety and accessibility for the 35,000 motorists who use Hillsborough Road daily. During the consultation period 108 submissions were made by the public.

Key issues were raised amongst these submissions, 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.

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

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the works would provide a massive improvement for safety and travel times.

“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,” Toole said.

“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.”

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.

To view the community consultation report summarising the feedback received and the responses, click here.



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