Plans for $387M upgrade to Central Coast Highway take shape

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, at the Central Coast Hwy, Forresters Beach

Community feedback is helping to shape plans for a $387M upgrade of the Central Coast Highway between Bateau Bay and Wamberal designed to make trips safer and faster for thousands of motorists.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said consultation on the State Government’s plan to widen a 3.8km section of the highway showed how important the project was to the community.

“We sought feedback in June and July this year on the initial designs for the proposed upgrade because we want to get this project right and give locals the upgrade they want,” Toole said.

“The proposal will improve travel times and safety by widening the highway to two lanes in both directions between Wamberal and Bateau Bay.

“About 26,500 motorists use this section of the highway daily and this upgrade will ensure it’s prepared to handle future growth on the Central Coast.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said the community came back with a lot of positive feedback with 223 responses received.

“Many residents and stakeholders expressed the view this upgrade was long overdue, and agreed that it will help fix the traffic congestion during peak times and the proposed shared pathway will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists,” Crouch said.

“The Community Consultation Summary Report outlines all the feedback received and includes responses from Transport for NSW to each issue raised.”

As part of the upgrade, Transport for NSW has awarded a contract to AECOM Australia to develop the design and environmental assessment of the Tumbi Rd intersection, which is expected to be displayed to the community late next year.

“This intersection is a major pinch point along this section of the highway and will be fast-tracked as part of the overall project,” Crouch said.

“Upgrading the 3.8km section of Central Coast Hwy will be challenging, but it is incredibly important for the community and we are not going to shy away from the hard work.”

More information about the Central Coast Highway upgrade and the Consultation Summary report can be found at

Media release, Dec 3
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch