M1 Pacific Motorway extension
to Raymond Terrace
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

The public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has now closed. Thank you to the community members and stakeholders who took the time to provide feedback. A submissions report will be prepared to respond to the issues raised duing the public exhibition. Information about the project, including an interactive map, virtual information room and the EIS report can be found on this portal.

Environmental Impact Statement View the July project update

Project overview

The M1 Motorway and A1 Pacific Highway are critical links in the National Land Transport Network and among the busiest transport corridors in Australia. The project addresses a key 'missing link' between Sydney and Brisbane. The existing M1 Motorway, New England Highway and Pacific Highway carry some of the highest traffic volumes across the Hunter.

The M1 Pacific Motorway extension would bypass the congestion and merge points along this corridor and is predicted to reduce traffic volumes across the existing network. The proposed extension would also reduce traffic volumes on the New England Highway which would improve traffic flow and access for motorists travelling between Newcastle and Maitland.

Project benefits

  1. 7-9 minutes reduction in travel time during peak periods
  2. Increased connectivity
  3. Better access for local traffic
  4. 5 traffic lights bypassed
  5. Removing up to 25,000 vehicles a day from existing roads
  6. Supporting up to 2700 direct and indirect jobs during construction