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New England Highway
–New South Wales
|Length||878 km (546 mi)|
|Major settlements||Crows Nest, Toowoomba, Warwick, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale, Tamworth, Muswellbrook, Maitland|
The New England Highway is an 878-kilometre (546 mi) long highway in Australia running from Hexham at Newcastle, New South Wales at its southern end to Yarraman, north of Toowoomba, Queensland at its northern end. It is part of Australia's National Highway system, and forms part of the inland route between Brisbane and Sydney.
At its southern end the New England Highway connects to the Pacific Highway and at its northern end it connects to the D'Aguilar Highway. It traverses the Hunter Valley, New England, and the Southern and Darling Downs regions.
During the winter months, some parts of the New England Highway are subject to frost and snowfall km section from the Moonbi Ranges to Stanthorpe located at high altitudes., with the 350
In 2013-14, the New England Highway and Cunningham Highway combined (known as the Sydney-Brisbane inland route) had an average annual daily traffic count of just over 13,000 vehicles, which is approximately half that seen on the coastal route (i.e., the Pacific Highway and Pacific Motorway).Heavy vehicles account for approximately 13% of the traffic seen on the route.
As of November 2018, fixed speed cameras were located at Ben Lomond (between Ross Road and Ben Lomond Road), Blandford (between Hayles Street and Mills Street) and Tenterfield (between Duncan Street and George Street).Average speed enforcement (point-to-point) cameras target heavy vehicles between Singleton and Muswellbrook.
The New England Highway has its origins in the track which developed north from Newcastle to reach the prime wool growing areas of the New England region which Europeans settled following expeditions by NSW Surveyor-General John Oxley in 1818 and botanist Allan Cunningham in 1827 and 1829.[ citation needed ] The rough track, navigable only by horse or bullock dray, crossed the Liverpool Range, went through Tamworth and ended at Tenterfield. The track became known as the Great Northern Road. During the 1860s, several robberies occurred along the road , with infamous bushranger Captain Thunderbolt known to be active in the area.
When the NSW main road system was reorganised in August 1928, the Great Northern Road was gazetted as part of state highway 9 and renamed the Great Northern Highway. At proclamation, the Great Northern Highway was described as stretching from North Sydney to the Queensland border at Mount Lindesay, via Newcastle, Maitland, Tamworth, Armidale, Tenterfield and Woodenbong. The route became known as the New England Highway in early-1933 by combining the Great Northern Highway and the Brisbane-Mount Lindesay-Warwick Highway into a single uniformly-named road from Hexham to Brisbane. In 1936 the road was described by contemporary observers as being in good condition, with spectacular scenery and excellent accommodation en route.
In 1954 the New England Highway was re-routed through Warwick along the route that was then known as the Lockyer-Darling Downs Highway.Against the wishes of the Beaudesert Shire Council and the Woodenbong Chamber of Commerce , the former New England Highway through Beaudesert was renamed the Mount Lindesay Highway.
In the 1970s, the Queensland Main Roads Department rerouted the designation of the New England Highway north of Warwick to follow the former Lockyer-Darling Downs Highway (national route 17) so that it terminated in Toowoomba.[ citation needed ] The section of the highway between Brisbane and Warwick was renamed as part of the Cunningham Highway, which until that time had extended only westward from Warwick to Goondiwindi.[ citation needed ]
As of October 2018, completed, current or proposed improvements on the New England Highway include:
|State||LGA / LGA||Location||km||mi||Destinations||Notes|
|Queensland||Toowoomba||Yarraman||0||0.0||T intersection northern terminus; north (A3) and southeast (A17) as the D'Aguilar Highway|
|Wutul||33||21||T intersection; New England Highway continues southeast|
|Crows Nest Creek||74||46||Bridge over the river (no known name)|
|Toowoomba||Hampton||86||53||Four-way intersection; northern concurrency terminus as |
|Toowoomba||118||73||Four-way intersection; eastern concurrency terminus as |
|119||74||Four-way intersection; western concurrency terminus as |
|Four-way intersection; southern concurrency terminus as |
|Cambooya||133||83||Drayton Connection Road – Drayton, Toowoomba||Y intersection; New England Highway continues south|
|137||85||T intersection; New England Highway continues south|
|Clifton||162||101||T intersection; New England Highway continues south|
|Southern Downs||Glengallan||188||117|| Directional T interchange; southern terminus as |
|Condamine River||199||124||O.O. Madsen Bridge|
|Southern Downs||Warwick||202||126||4-way intersection; southern terminus as |
|Stanthorpe||137||85||Wallangarra Road – Stanthorpe to ||Directional T interchange; New England Highway continues south|
|Queensland – New South Wales state border||299||186||Queensland – New South Wales state border|
|New South Wales||Tenterfield||Tenterfield||313||194||Bruxner Highway (no shield) – Boggabilla||Uncontrolled 4-way intersection; northern concurrency terminus; New England Highway continues south|
|318||198||Uncontrolled 4-way intersection; southern concurrency terminus; New England Highway continues south|
|Deepwater River||370||230||Bridge over the river (no known name)|
|Glen Innes Severn||Glen Innes||409||254||Uncontrolled 4-way intersection; northern concurrency terminus; New England Highway continues south|
|Uncontrolled 4-way intersection; southern concurrency terminus; New England Highway continues south|
|Armidale||Armidale||511||318||Roundabout; New England Highway continues south|
|Bendemeer||576||358||T intersection; northern concurrency terminus as |
|Tamworth||Tamworth||616||383||Roundabout; southern concurrency terminus as |
|Peel River||613||381||Bridge over the river (no known name)|
|Liverpool Plains||Willow Tree||684||425||Directional T interchange; New England Highway continues south|
|Pages River||703||437||Bridge over the river (no known name)|
|Pages River||707||439||Bridge over the river (no known name)|
|Pages River||710||440||Bridge over the river (no known name)|
|Hunter River||755||469||Fitzgerald Bridge|
|Muswellbrook||Muswellbrook||769||478||Denman Road – Denman||T intersection; New England Highway continues southeast|
|Hunter River||815||506||Bridge over the river (no known name)|
|Singleton||Whittingham||827||514||T intersection; New England Highway continues southeast|
|Belford||835||519||T intersection; |
|Branxton||838||521||T intersection; New England Highway (no shield) continues east|
|840||520||Y intersection; New England Highway transitions to |
|Maitland||Maitland||862||536||Cessnock Road – Kurri Kurri, Cessnock||Roundabout; New England Highway continues southeast|
|Newcastle||Tarro||875||544||Directional T interchange; incomplete northwest concurrency terminus as |
|Hexham||879||546||Directional T interchange; southeast concurrency terminus as |
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
From its junction with the Pacific Highway at Hexham, 12 km (7 mi) inland from Newcastle the New England Highway connects the following cities and towns:
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