Integrated transport network plan

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We are developing strategies for the long-term management of our transport network that:  

  • connect our communities
  • supports the local economy
  • provides accessible, public and active transport options
  • protects our lifestyle
  • creates liveable places
  • ensures the safety of our network.  

Improving the local transport network is a key focus of Council, as our community continues to grow. In our region, we have over 1300kms of roads – sealed and unsealed, and more than 220kms of footpaths to maintain accordingly.

We’re currently working on the Regional Integrated Transport Strategy and the Port Macquarie Transport Network Planning, to improve the capacity for our community to get where they need to be with ease.

Port Macquarie Transport Network Planning

In June 2019, Council resolved to develop a Strategic Business Case to present options for improved accessibility, connectivity and road safety for the Port Macquarie transport network. 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.

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.

The project aims to improve multi-modal transport access through Port Macquarie and connections to local coastal villages and towns. We'll aim to present options that balance environmental, social and economic impacts, and take into account previous studies and community feedback. The Strategic Business Case will inform future works with the aim of improving traffic congestion throughout Port Macquarie.  

This project seeks to: 

  • improve the road network in and around Port Macquarie by 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
  • support growth over the next 20+ years. 

The Strategic Business Case will consider long-term solutions to address our current and future traffic growth, and is essential for the economic and social vitality of our community. 

A consultant has been appointed to prepare the Strategic Business Case. We should have some more information to share next year. Keep up to date on Have your Say.

The proposed Orbital Road Project

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.

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. 

A Strategic Business Case to assess options to improve accessibility, connectivity and road safety for the Port Macquarie Transport Network is now part of Council’s future planning for an integrated transport network. For more information on the Strategic Business Case, check out the Port Macquarie Transport Network Planning tab above.

Port Macquarie Transport Network Community Consultative Committee

The Port Macquarie Transport Network Community Consultative Committee (PMTNCCC) provides a forum for discussion between Council and the community on issues directly relating the Port Macquarie transport network, through the development of a Strategic Business Case.

As a consultative committee, the PMTNCCC may make recommendations to Council. Council will consider the recommendations, however is under no obligation to resolve in favour of such recommendations.