A shortlist of companies has been invited to tender for construction of the M1 Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace project.

Registrations of Interest are also now being called from pre-qualified contractors to widen Hexham Straight as part of M1 extension.

The M1 extension to Raymond Terrace is a transformational project for the Hunter. The 15km extension includes a four-lane divided motorway with two lanes in each direction and new interchanges at Black Hill, Tarro, Tomago and Raymond Terrace.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, said, “Extending the M1 will significantly improve journeys for tens of thousands of motorists across the Hunter region, busting congestion and providing faster and safer journeys for commuters.

“Delivering this ‘missing link’ will also provide better access for local employment areas and support freight operators transporting mining products to the Port of Newcastle.”

The extension will improve the connection between Newcastle and the New England Highway, M1 Motorway and the Pacific Highway, enhancing safety and traffic flow for the 50,000 motorists who travel this route every day.

The project will also deliver an important economic boost to the Hunter region, supporting around 2,700 jobs during construction and creating opportunities for local businesses.

New South Wales Minister for Metropolitan Roads, Natalie Ward, said, “This project is a major component of work to connect Newcastle with the Hunter and New England regions.

“This project will improve the connection between Newcastle and the New England Highway, M1 Motorway and the Pacific Highway, enhancing safety and traffic flow for the 50,000 motorists who use this route every day.

“This opens up Newcastle to a wider region and provides economic growth at key employment areas, such as the Port of Newcastle and Greater Newcastle, on top of supporting 750 jobs over its life cycle.”

The Federal ($1.68 billion) and New South Wales ($420 million) Governments have committed $2.1 billion towards the extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to Raymond Terrace and the Hexham Straight Widening.

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan, said, “We are continuing to deliver the infrastructure the Hunter needs as part of our $44 billion investment in road and rail projects across New South Wales since 2013.

“We’ve already delivered $195.8 million to jointly fund the $391.6 million M1 Productivity Package, which has cut travel times, improved freight efficiency and provided for the growth of tourism, commuter and freight traffic between Sydney and Newcastle.”

M1 Extension to Raymond Terrace

The M1 extension is being built under two collaborative design and construction contracts.

For the southern, 10km Black Hill to Tomago section, CPB Contractors, Acciona Infrastructure Australia, and the John Holland/ Gamuda (Australia) Branch Joint Venture have been selected to take part in the tender process.

For the northern 5km Heatherbrae Bypass section, Seymour Whyte Constructions and BMD Constructions have been selected to take part in the tender process.

Both contracts are expected to be awarded by the end of 2022.

Hexham Straight Widening

Following consultation with industry, Transport for NSW will deliver the project through a collaborative approach known as an alliance contract.

Transport for NSW will develop a short-list of tenderers through the Registrations of Interest, and work with these parties to consider and incorporate innovations proposed by industry, ensuring value-for-money delivery of the project’s benefits.

Successful contractors are expected to be announced later in 2022.

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