Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
M15 A15   Parry Street, Donald Street, Griffiths Road, Newcastle Road, Thomas Street, Newcastle Link Road, Hunter Expressway & New England Highway (M15 / A15)

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M15 / A15 is one the major routes in New South Wales and Queensland. It links the farming regions of NSW to the ports at Newcastle and also to other major roads to Sydney and it's also a link to Brisbane's metropolitan area.

The route consists of single carriageway 2-lane rural highway, through to multi-lane divided sections and motorway standard closer to Newcastle.

Multiplexes along the route include:

History:

The New England Highway originally formed part of the Great Northern Road from Sydney via Wiseman's Ferry to the Queensland border (near Mt Lindesay), taking shape as settlement spread northward from the lower Hunter Valley. By 1851 the Great Northern Road had reached the Gap, two miles beyond Murrurundi. In 1858 it was classified as one of three Main Roads in the colony (Great Western and Great Southern) and extended from Morpeth via Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Murrurundi and Tamworth, to Armidale, a distance of about 236 miles. Captain Martindale, Chief Railway Commissioner, who was also responsible for roads, stressed the need for bridges as in many cases long circuits had to be made to find a crossing over a stream. In 1860 arrangements were in progress for building 90 culverts and minor bridges and for forming new sections of road, including a new ascent to Murrurundi Gap, which was previously steep with sharp dangerous turns. In 1865 the section of road between Muswellbrook and Murrurundi was metalled and a deviation suggested between Blandford and Murrurundi to skirt the Page River, obviating two bridges, however, such a deviation was never constructed. With the construction of the Northern Railway line from Newcastle, commenced in the 1850s and reaching Murrurundi in 1872, attention was diverted away from roads and sections of the Great Northern Road were in poor condition. Despite the impact of the railway, roads developed steadily and considerable progress was made in the bridging of rivers and creeks. 3

Newcastle to Queensland Border   Queensland Border to Newcastle
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Intersection Directional sign:
ID sign at Jesmond on the roundabout with Newcastle Inner City By Pass (A37), December 2016.

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  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the Gwydir Hwy (B76) (Ferguson Street) junction with the New England Hwy (A15) in Glen Innes. The B76 duplex begins here. August 2013.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Cameron Park approaching the interchange with Pacific Mwy (M1) and Hunter Expwty (M15), December 2016.

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  Distance Sign:
RD sign as you leave the town of Glen Innes, August 2013.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Buchanan approaching John Renshaw Dr (B68) interchange, December 2016.

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  Intersection Directional Sign:
Southbound ID sign on the roundabout with Urallla Rd at Armidale, May 2006.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Buchanan approaching John Renshaw Dr (B68) interchange, December 2016.

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  Greg Norman Drive Approach:
Southbound as the New England Hwy approaches Greg Norman Dr in South Tamworth, October 2009.

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Distance Sign:
Reassurance directional sign after John Renshaw Dr (B68) at Buchanan, December 2016.

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  Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the roundabout located at the entrance to the Tamworth Livestock & Equine Centre in South Tamworth. October 2009.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Buchanan approaching the interchange with Main Rd, December 2016.

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  Distance Sign:
Southbound RD signage after the Kamilaroi Hwy intersection in Willow Tree, August 2013.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Kurri Kurri approaching the interchange with Main Rd, December 2016.

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  Distance Sign:
Southbound RD sign as you leave the town of Willow Tree. September 2008.

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Distance Sign:
RD sign at Kurri Kurri after Main Rd, December 2016.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Wallsend approaching Lake Rd (B53), December 2016.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Kurri Kurri approaching Hart Rd, December 2016.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Jesmond approaching Newcastle Inner City Bypass (A37), December 2016.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Allandale approaching Lovedale Rd, December 2016.

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AD sign at North Lambton at the roundabout with Newcastle Inner City Bypass (A37), December 2016.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Greta approaching Wine Country Dr (B82), December 2016.

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  Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at North Lambton approaching Croudace St (A37), December 2016. Note the missing A15 route number for straight ahead.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Whittingham approaching Golden Hwy (B84), December 2016.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign assembly on the corner of Golden Hwy (B84) and New England Hwy (A15) at Whittingham. September 2007.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign approaching the roundabout at the entrance to the Tamworth Livestock & Equine Centre in South Tamworth. October 2009.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign at the roundabout located at the entrance to the Tamworth Livestock & Equine Centre in South Tamworth. October 2009.

Image © Paul Rands

     
Reassurance Directional Sign:
RD sign as New England Hwy (A15) leaves Uralla, August 2013.

Image © Peter Renshaw

     
Distance Sign:
RD sign at Tilbuster as you leave the Armidale area, September 2008.

Image © Michael Gill

     
Click here for the continuation of the route as NH15 in Queensland

1 Roads & Maritime Services, Schedule of Classified Roads and Unclassified Regional Roads, August 2013
2 National Library of Australia
3 Roads & Maritime Services
4 Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
5 Roads & Maritime Services, Projects, The Hunter Expressway, Project overview

Last updated: 05-Jan-2019 12:48

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