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Future planning for an integrated transport network

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We are developing strategies to manage our transport network for the long-term benefit of our community that:  

  • Connects our communities, 
  • Supports the local economy, 
  • Provides accessible, public and active transport options, 
  • Protects our lifestyle, 
  • Creates liveable places, and 
  • Ensures the safety of our network.  

Improving the local transport network remains firmly in our spotlight. With over 1300kms of roads – sealed and unsealed, and more than 220kms of footpaths to maintain we must prioritise these accordingly.   

We are developing strategies and plans that will help with our future transport planning. The community will be engaged throughout various stages of the project and we will provide many opportunities for feedback.   

Regional Integrated Transport Strategy  

The Regional Integrated Transport Strategy will outline the policy direction for transport in the region and replaces the Sustainable Transport Strategy. It will respond to the challenges and opportunities facing our region and outline our vision to address the Port Macquarie-Hastings’ regional transport needs. 

It will consider how we currently travel within the region and outlines the known transport network deficiencies which governments at all levels need to address. 

We are committed to work with the other tiers of government and the private sector to ensure there is a ‘one network’ approach to transport planning, delivery and management of an integrated transport system. 

A strategic business case is the first major step in building a case to encourage and secure New South Wales and Commonwealth Government investment. 

The Port Macquarie Road Network  

In June 2019, Council resolved to develop a Strategic Business Case to develop options to improve accessibility, connectivity and road safety for the Port Macquarie Road Network. The strategic business case will include a review of route options and how these compare with, or add to possible improvements to the existing road network, such as planned upgrades to Lake Road, Ocean Drive, or other Council-managed roads, and the Oxley Highway, as a State-managed road.  

The project aims to improve multi-modal transport access through Port Macquarie and connection to the local coastal villages and towns. The study will aim to present options that balance environmental, social and economic impact and takes into account previous studies and community feedback. The study will help inform future works with the aim of improving travel speed and traffic congestion throughout Port Macquarie in a coordinated program.  

This project seeks to: 

  • Improve the road network in and around Port Macquarie through widening roads, upgrading intersections and/or providing new links; 
  • Alleviate traffic congestion; 
  • Improve connectivity for all users to key destinations including the Health and Education Precinct, the Airport and the Regional Sports Stadium; and 
  • Support growth over the next 10-15 years. 

The study will consider long term solutions to addressing our current and future traffic growth, and is essential for the economic and social vitality of our community. 

A consultant has been appointed and is preparing the Strategic Business Case. This study is underway and expected to be completed in 2021.  

We’ll keep the community up to date throughout the duration of the project with opportunities to engage with options that are developed. 

The development of the draft Road Corridor Strategy  

We’re currently developing a long-term road corridor strategy for Hastings River Drive, Ocean Drive and Kendall Road (MR538 and MR600). This 54km Regional classified road corridor links Port Macquarie to neighbouring local towns and villages along the coast, and then inland to Kew and Kendall. 

This strategy will focus on: 

  • preserving this strategic corridor; 
  • setting out a broad design framework for future transport network upgrades for all users, including traffic, walking, cycling and public transport; and 
  • defining priorities for future road maintenance, operation, and the safety of all road users. 

Community involvement will help inform the study and provide a deeper understanding of how the road corridor is used within the local area and how it could be used in the future. 

The draft Road Corridor Strategy will be place on public exhibition in 2021. 

Stay up to date 

Keep up to date with our planned activities via our website, and also via our Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

This page was last updated on: 11 September 2020