NSW to rebuild critical freight route


The state government is committing to rebuilding a critical freight pathway

NSW to rebuild critical freight route
The NSW freight route will be rebuilt soon according to the state government

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) has announced that the federal and state governments have partnered to commit to rebuilding the MR358 between Merriwa and Willow Tree.

The $48.3 million project will work to restore the critical livestock freight route, with the federal government funding $38.64 million of it while the NSW government covers $9.66 million.

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says the freight route must be restored to use for the transport industry.

"This important transport link connects the New England Highway to the Golden Highway," Joyce says.

"The government is committed to getting it up and running to have the best supply chain possible for our livestock and other goods.

"Rebuilding this road will better connect our communities, boost local economies and enhance supply chain movement and productivity."

NSW regional transport and road minister Sam Farraway was also optimistic about the announcement, saying that rebuilding the link is a big win for the local community who have waited more than 12 months to see vital repairs take place.


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"Rebuilding this stretch of road not only provides a crucial link for the freight industry, but also creates a safer and more efficient connection for the local community," Farraway says.

"It means trucks will once again come through their towns, stopping in at local cafes and bringing back economic certainty to Merriwa and Willow Tree."

The move comes after state member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said that the ongoing closure of MR358 was having "an immense impact on Upper Hunter communities" as it forced people to take journeys away from the area.

Local members now say they are relieved to have this freight route restored so that traffic can return to the Upper Hunter region.

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