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Tenterfield to Newcastle

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Estimated Project Cost:$175,000,000
Australian Government Contribution:$140,000,000
Local Council/Shire:Cessnock City Council,Glen Innes Severn Council,Liverpool Plains Shire Council,Maitland City Council,Muswellbrook Shire Council,Newcastle City Council,Singleton Council,Tamworth Regional Council,Tenterfield Shire Council,Upper Hunter Shire Council,Uralla Shire Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane

Project Description

The project will deliver targeted upgrades on the New England Highway between Tenterfield and Newcastle.


The Tenterfield to Newcastle corridor, including the New England Highway, is a critical link for Australia's freight network. It contributes to the competitiveness of Australia's agricultural and mining sectors, opening up access to essential freight networks in New South Wales and Queensland. The industries that will benefit from this investment include the fuel, cattle, grain and post processing industries.

Addressing identified pinch points in the corridor will improve throughput, while targeted upgrades will increase access for higher efficiency freight vehicles, leading to an overall increase in the efficiency of the corridor. These upgrades are also expected to increase safety for all road users.


The Australian Government’s contribution is capped at 80 per cent, up to $140 million.


Planning is underway.

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Project details last updated: 24/10/2019