Full Speed Ahead between Kariong and Somersby

01 May 2020 roads

Another major milestone will be reached on the M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges with the speed limit on the upgraded and widened northbound lanes returning to 110km/h from Monday, 4 May.

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said, “The opening of this section of road to its maximum capacity and speed limit is great news for the thousands of motorists who use the motorway each and every day.”


“The M1 Pacific Motorway is an important link for freight travelling between Sydney and Brisbane, which is one of the busiest transport routes in Australia,” Ms Wicks said. 


“This upgrade between Kariong and Somersby interchanges will cater for the expected increase in traffic forecast as a result of growth in the Central Coast, Hunter and North Coast areas, along with increased freight demand.”


Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the completion of this section meant the entire M1 upgrade was now on the home stretch.


“All Central Coast residents who drive to and from Sydney will be relieved to know their trip is becoming smoother, safer and faster,” Mr Crouch said.


“It’s also very exciting to know that the entire M1 upgrade project is not far away from full completion.


“The Central Coast will be home to 95,250 additional people between 2016 and 2041, which is why the NSW Government is delivering more infrastructure for our community.”


The $391.6 million M1 Productivity Package is jointly funded by both the Australian and NSW Governments. The Australian Government is providing $195.8 million towards the planning and construction of the package.


Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and follow new line marking and signs.


For the safety of workers and all road users, some southbound sections of the M1 are still being built with narrowed lanes and will remain at 80km/h.


The M1 upgrades are expected to be fully opened to traffic at 110km/h by mid-2020, weather permitting.


Transport for NSW thanks motorists for their patience during this time.


For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.