Essential ROAD AND RAIL infrastructure
We advocate for essential transport infrastructure to keep our region moving.
We advocate for essential transport infrastructure to keep our region moving. This infrastructure provides connectivity and efficiency to stimulate economic growth, while improving safety and convenience for local communities and ensuring productivity is not stifled by congestion.
FAST RAIL CONNECTION WITH SYDNEY
A fast-rail link to Sydney will have a transformational impact on the economy and liveability of the Hunter, bridging the geographical divide between our region and Australia’s biggest city and financial centre. Faster rail between Sydney and Newcastle will connect jobs for the Hunter, encourage investment and reduce congestion on the M1, making both road and rail transport faster, safer and more convenient.
M1 LINK TO RAYMOND TERRACE
The ‘missing link’ in the national highway route between Sydney and Brisbane, the M1 extension from Black Hill to Raymond Terrace will vastly improve connectivity on one of the most heavily used corridors for freight in NSW, reduce travel times and improve safety for all road users. It is one of the few projects in the Hunter region identified as a near-term priority within the Infrastructure Australia priority list.
NEWCASTLE INNER CITY BYPASS
Completion of the bypass will relieve cross-city traffic congestion and facilitate the expansion of the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct. The 2020-21 Federal Budget committed $360 million to completing this project and Business Hunter continues to advocate for funding support to Transport NSW to ensure prompt delivery of the final stage.
MUSWELLBROOK AND SINGLETON BYPASSES
The construction of the Singleton and Muswellbrook bypasses will significantly improve efficiency and safety on the Upper Hunter sector of the New England Highway, a major freight and commuter corridor, while relieving the respective townships of a constant flow of heavy-vehicle traffic. The bulk of funding has now been committed to both projects and Business Hunter is maintaining pressure on the state and federal governments to progress the bypasses as a matter of priority.
NELSON BAY ROAD UPGRADE
Improved access to Newcastle Airport and the Port of Newcastle is imperative to realising Greater Newcastle’s potential as a global gateway city. Upgrading Nelson Bay Road and other link roads to these assets will support their growth, boost tourism opportunities and improve connectivity and safety for local communities. While funding has been committed for partial duplication of Nelson Bay Road, Business Hunter is advocating for the double-lane link to continue to Stockton.
LOWER HUNTER FREIGHT RAIL BYPASS
Preservation of the Lower Hunter Freight Rail Corridor is regarded by Business Hunter as a key priority for the region that needs to happen sooner rather than later to provide the certainty necessary for efficient regional planning. The bypass would remove freight rail from the suburban commuter line and improve transport links to the port. Given the westward movement of residential and other development in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, it is imperative that the preferred corridor alignment is identified and preserved in state and local government planning strategies.