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Tenterfield to Newcastle

Funding Program:Roads of Strategic Importance
Status:In planning
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2021 - Mid 2028
Estimated Project Cost:$176,501,030
Australian Government Contribution:$140,000,000

Project Description

This investment will deliver targeted upgrades along the Tenterfield to Newcastle Corridor in New South Wales, including the New England Highway, which contributes to the competitiveness of Australia's agricultural and mining sectors. 

The upgrades are designed to address issues impacting the performance of this critical freight corridor including congestion, reduced freight productivity, safety issues and amenity issues. 

The following projects along the Corridor were announced as part of the 2021-22 Budget: 

  • Bald Nob Road upgrade – this will upgrade Bald Nob Road between the New England Highway and the Gwydir Highway, north of Glen Innes, including rehabilitation of around eight kilometres of pavement and safety improvements, such as widening and realignment.

  • Sunnyside Platform Road upgrade – this will upgrade Sunnyside Platform Road north of Tenterfield, including widening of about two kilometres, remediating failed pavement, providing a pavement overlay, and providing a new seal and line marking.




  • Improved safety for all road users
  • Improved efficiency and network reliability
  • Improved accessibility and connectivity of road networks
  • Improved freight productivity and access to freight gateways


Australian Government funding contribution for this corridor: $140 million 

This includes $6 million of funding allocated for projects in the 2021-22 Budget. Relevant local councils will contribute a further $1.5 million to these projects.

New South Wales Government funding contribution to the corridor: $35 million.

The remaining $134 million in Australian Government funding will be allocated to future priorities along the corridor.



The first project on this corridor is expected to start construction in late 2021.

Identification of future priorities on the corridor is underway.


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Project details last updated: 30/08/2021