Pacific Highway (A1) – Coffs Harbour bypass

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Sydney–Brisbane connectivity
Priority Initiative
Coffs Harbour, NSW
Smaller cities and regional centres
National Connectivity
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
NSW Government
Date added to the IPL
17 February 2016


Connecting Sydney and Brisbane, the Pacific Highway is an important passenger and freight corridor, and is part of the National Land Transport Network. Currently, vehicles on the Pacific Highway must travel through the Coffs Harbour CBD. This increases freight and passenger vehicle travel times and increases the potential for conflict between heavy vehicles, passenger vehicles and pedestrians in this built-up area. The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit identified improving freight network efficiency as a key challenge for New South Wales.

Preliminary economic analysis estimates that the annual cost of the problem is in the order of $55 million per year.

Proposed initiative

This initiative proposes constructing a bypass around Coffs Harbour. This would also include an upgrade to an existing section of highway to deliver a total of 13.2 km of motorway standard dual carriageway on the Pacific Highway.

To the north, 155 km of the Pacific Highway has been upgraded between Woolgoolga and Ballina, with sections opening in late 2020. This completes a minimum four-lane corridor between Sydney and Brisbane.

Next steps

Proponent to complete business case development (Stage 3 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).