Integrated transport network plan

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To improve the Port Macquarie transport network, we are developing a Strategic Business Case (SBC) that will present options for improved accessibility, connectivity and road safety.

The Strategic Business Case will include a review of route options and how these compare with, or complement possible improvements to the existing road network. This includes planned upgrades to Lake Road and Ocean Drive as, well as State-managed roads such as the Oxley Highway.

This project seeks to: 

  • improve multi-modal transport access through Port Macquarie and connections to local coastal villages and towns.
  • widen roads, upgrade intersections and/or provide 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
  • support growth over the next 20+ years. 

The Strategic Business Case present options that balance environmental, social and economic impacts, and take into account previous studies and community feedback.

A consultant has been appointed to prepare the Strategic Business Case. Keep up to date on Have your Say

Where we are up to?

At the January 2022 Council meeting, it was resolved to discontinue any investigations, planning and funding of new roads and links within the Orbital Road Corridor that significantly or unreasonably impact residents and businesses. We will continue to prioritise individual road upgrades, duplications and links across the region to mitigate traffic congestion issues.

We are currently developing Regional Integrated Transport Strategy (RITS) a key strategic document that guides transport planning and decision making over the long term. The Strategic Business Case will align to the RITS and Council’s strategic objectives. 

Project history - the proposed Orbital Road project

Investigations into the Port Macquarie Outer Orbital Link Road Corridor commenced in 2016, and included:

  • a preliminary environmental review
  • strategic concept designs and multi-criteria constraints analysis for various route options for an Orbital Road
  • cost analysis of the routes
  • engagement with Transport for NSW (then Roads and Maritime Service).

Building on the findings of this investigation, an Area Wide Traffic Study was undertaken to analyse predicted traffic patterns over the next 20 years. The findings from this investigation led to a resolution in the November 2018 Council Meeting to progress the investigations for a proposed Orbital Road solution.

We began engaging with property owners, residents, and business owners within the Orbital Road investigation area, along with the broader community, to seek feedback on the final route option development. Council received feedback from 21,000 community members through numerous engagement activities. 

At the June 2019 Council Meeting, Council supported community concerns regarding the need to address future traffic congestion, and noted the strong opposition to the proposed Orbital Road as the preferred viable route.

At the January 2022 Council meeting, it was resolved to discontinue any investigations, planning and funding of new roads and links within the Orbital Road Corridor that significantly or unreasonably impact residents and businesses.

We will continue to prioritise individual road upgrades, duplications and links across the region to mitigate traffic congestion issues.  We are developing a Strategic Business Case to assess options to improve accessibility, connectivity and road safety for the Port Macquarie Transport Network, as part of Council’s future planning for an integrated transport network.