Port Macquarie Transport Network Planning

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In June 2019, Council resolved to develop a Strategic Business Case to develop options to improve accessibility, connectivity, and road safety for the Port Macquarie Transport Network. This decision follows after Councillors considered a report on the Proposed Orbital Road Project to address the issues of traffic congestion in Port Macquarie. The study will aim to present options that balance environmental, social, and economic impact and takes into account previous studies and community feedback.

What is the purpose of the Strategic Business Case?

The strategic business case will include a review of route options and how these compare with or add to possible improvements to the existing road network, such as planned upgrades to Lake Road, Ocean Drive, or other Council-managed roads, and the Oxley Highway, as a State-managed road.

The project aims to improve multi-modal transport access through Port Macquarie and its connection to the local coastal villages and towns. The study will help inform future works with the aim of improving travel speed and traffic congestion throughout Port Macquarie in a coordinated program.

This project seeks to:

  • Improve the road network in and around Port Macquarie through 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; and
  • Support growth over the next +20 years.

The study will consider long-term solutions to addressing our current and future traffic growth and is essential for the economic and social vitality of our community.

A consultant has been appointed and is preparing the Strategic Business Case. This study is underway and expected to be completed in 2021.

We’ll keep the community up to date throughout the duration of the project with opportunities to engage with options that are developed.

In June 2019, Council resolved to develop a Strategic Business Case to develop options to improve accessibility, connectivity, and road safety for the Port Macquarie Transport Network. This decision follows after Councillors considered a report on the Proposed Orbital Road Project to address the issues of traffic congestion in Port Macquarie. The study will aim to present options that balance environmental, social, and economic impact and takes into account previous studies and community feedback.

What is the purpose of the Strategic Business Case?

The strategic business case will include a review of route options and how these compare with or add to possible improvements to the existing road network, such as planned upgrades to Lake Road, Ocean Drive, or other Council-managed roads, and the Oxley Highway, as a State-managed road.

The project aims to improve multi-modal transport access through Port Macquarie and its connection to the local coastal villages and towns. The study will help inform future works with the aim of improving travel speed and traffic congestion throughout Port Macquarie in a coordinated program.

This project seeks to:

  • Improve the road network in and around Port Macquarie through 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; and
  • Support growth over the next +20 years.

The study will consider long-term solutions to addressing our current and future traffic growth and is essential for the economic and social vitality of our community.

A consultant has been appointed and is preparing the Strategic Business Case. This study is underway and expected to be completed in 2021.

We’ll keep the community up to date throughout the duration of the project with opportunities to engage with options that are developed.

  • Council resolution February 2021

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    At the June 2019 meeting Council also noted the strategic importance of a flood-free Primary Airport Access Road and decided that planning for this link (included as part of the Orbital engagement to date), would be progressed as a separate project in consultation with the Transport for NSW and the community, from this point forward.

    At the February 2021 Ordinary Council Meeting, it was resolved to remove the realignment of Fernhill Road and any further investigations into the alignment of Fernhill Rd for all Proposed Primary Airport Access Road intersection options with the Oxley Highway. 2.A

  • Value Management Workshops

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    As part of developing the strategic business case, investigation and analysis is being undertaken to assess options which address issues with the Port Macquarie Transport Network. This is being undertaken in the options refinement and value management activities of the project, which are currently underway.

    To aid in the refinement of options, key stakeholder inputs to the project will be undertaken through Value Management Workshops (VMW). There are two series of Value Management Workshops to be undertaken, the first in the Options Identification Stage and the second in the Options Development Stage. These workshops will be facilitated by the consultant SMEC and will include (but not limited to) the following stakeholder groups Councilor’s, Council’s Port Macquarie Transport Network Community Consultative Committee, and key state government agencies.

    Pre-value management workshop

    The pre-value management workshop involved all three stakeholder groups and was held on Friday 25th September from 10am - 3pm. The purpose of this workshop was to develop the evaluation criteria and determine weightings and scoring parameters for options assessment, to determine and understand the community issues and values relating to the Port Macquarie Transport Road Network.

    Value management workshop

    The Value Management Workshop will be held May 2021 and will involve all three stakeholder groups who attended the pre-value management workshop including the Port Macquarie Transport Network Community Consultative Committee who are community members. The consultant SMEC are working on a large body of work that includes assessments of improvement options. This includes simulated modelling of transport network improvement options in conjunction with Transport for NSW (custodians Oxley Highway modelling inputs). At the value management workshop improvement options will then be assessed by the key stakeholders, this will help inform the next stages of the Strategic Business Case.