Tenders have been called for an independent study into the transport needs of the Lower Hunter Region, with submissions closing on July 14.
Commissioned by the Department of Infrastructure and the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), the study will be used for developing strategies to improve access connecting Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton with Newcastle and the F3 freeway.
Acting federal infrastructure minister Chris Bowen said: “The tender is for an independent consultant to review the performance of land transport networks in the study area and connections to adjacent areas, and to identify current issues and future challenges.”
NSW roads minister Eric Roozendaal said the study will provide land transport strategies to meet passenger and freight needs over the next 25 years, along with an independent review of the existing cost estimate for the F3 to Branxton proposal.
“A Council Reference Group will be established to make sure there is appropriate consultation with key local stakeholders and will include representatives of Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton Councils and the NSW Department of Planning,” he said.
“Community consultation will be held with a wide range of local stakeholders and their input will be sought at workshops.”
The final study report will be completed by November 15, and be submitted to Infrastructure Australia by the end of this November.