A better way to navigate NSW roads
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is making a significant improvement to how motorists find their way across NSW, by implementing a new system of route numbering and new names for some important routes. These changes will help simplify journeys, making them safe, efficient and enjoyable.
The new alpha-numeric signage will make it easier for road users to plan their trip, and brings NSW into line withQueensland, VictoriaandSouth Australia who are already using the nationally-agreed system.
The existing ‘shield’ route markers will be replaced with a combination of a letter – either an M (motorway), A (route of national significance) or B (route of state significance) - and a number from 1 to 99.
Physical implementation of the new system will occur in three stages, and is expected to be complete by December 2013/early 2014.
A Q&A fact sheet has been prepared to answer some commonly asked questions regarding this project. View or download the Q&As from the documents section on the right of this page.
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Why are the Hume and Federal Highways (national routes 31 and 23) being designated as 'M' routes, when for the most part, they are merely divided highways, not proper limited access freeways? This is inconsistent with the bulk of the Pacific Highway north of Newcastle, where even hundreds of kilometres of continuous divided highway are correctly set to be called the A1.at 8 Apr 2013, 5:38pm
From a road user guidance perspective the ‘M’ marker and motorway names apply to routes that are of national significance and of a motorway standard. Generally, motorways are major roadways with a divided carriageway of two or more traffic lanes in each direction, where opposing traffic is separated by a median strip with controlled entries and exits. The term 'controlled' in the RMS definition permits at-grade and grade separated intersection treatments as is the case on Hume and Federal Highways. Under the new system the Pacific Highway will be route marked as either A1 or M1, depending on the standard of road. At this stage, sections that will become the M1 are the Sydney to Newcastle Freeway (currently known as the ‘F3’), the Sydney Orbital linking the M5 and M2, and the Pacific Highway between the Queensland border and north of Byron Bay.
RMS appreciates that other sections of road that are classified under the new system as the A1, may already be of motorway standard. However, to avoid frequent changes between M1 and A1 numbering and 'patchy' signage, RMS will hold off assigning the M1 designation until sections of the road between major town centres have been upgraded. For the M1 Pacific Motorway, the major sections are as follows: Newcastle to Taree, Taree to Kempsey, Kempsey to Coffs Harbour, Grafton to Ballina. As these sections of the road are upgraded, the M1 classification will be extended.RMS admin at 16 Apr 2013, 3:50pm
On the junction between Cumberland Hwy and Old Windsor Rd, there is still a remnant "To Metroad 2 Mwy." Could you fix this please?at 13 Feb 2014, 3:54pm
Hello, our survelliance officers have now confirmed that the issue you have observed has now been actioned for rectification. The rectification program is currently in operation across New South Wales. Thank you again for sending through your observations, it is most helpful for the team.
Alpha Numeric Route Marking Project TeamRoads Team at 24 Feb 2014, 1:43pm
Hello, there are still a handful of old blue route markers on the M1 Pacific Mwy, from memory the Cessnock exit and Cardiff 128 exit.at 24 Jan 2014, 2:58pm
Thanks Rod for bringing this to our attention. The old blue route markers on the M1 that you refer to have been identified by RMS surveillance officers and are in the process of being rectified. This rectification program is currently in operation with an aim to finalise this towards the end of March 2014.Roads Team at 13 Feb 2014, 11:17am
Hello, The Tourist routes on Google Maps are a complete mess around the A49 route near the ocean, you can see tourist route markers on backstreets and some are going in all directions with no order to their placement. Could the RMS provide the updated data for tourist routes to Google so they can fix it up? Does the RMS have a file somewhere on the Internet specifying the exact tourist routes?at 14 Jan 2014, 4:00pm
RMS are currently working with local councils and Destination NSW to identify tourist drives which are still relevant. When this is finalised the digital information will be supplied to Google. Thank you for your enquiry.Roads Team at 11 Feb 2014, 10:39am
Hello, In Newcastle (Northbound) on the A43, Corner of Stuart Avenue (Pacific Hwy) and Gordon Avenue it is a bit confusing because the road looks like it goes straight ahead however the A43 veers to the right. The "Newcastle" sign there should have an A43 route marker, currently there is no route marker. This will enforce that the A43 actually veers to the right, not continues straight down Gordon Avenue.at 14 Jan 2014, 3:55pm
RMS survelliance team can now confirm that additional signs for the A43 are currently being installed to clarify the situation.
Thank you for your enquiry.Roads Team at 11 Feb 2014, 10:40am
Hello, at Wooloomooloo at the corner of Cowper Wharf Roadway and Sir John Young Crescent the signs there do not follow the standard and do not have the M1 route number or city names. Could these signs be upgraded to have "Bridge & Tunnel" in white, with the M1 route marker and "Chatswood Epping Newcastle" as the focal point. Currently they only say "Harbour Bridge and Tunnel".at 14 Jan 2014, 3:50pm
RMS has now investigated the signage you refer to, and have modified it to introduce the M1 route marker to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel route.
Thank you for your enquiry.Roads Team at 11 Feb 2014, 10:41am
There are a few signs on the Great Western Highway in Lithgow that have remanets of the State Route 32 marker. That on the section between KFC and Farmers Creek Bridge.at 12 Jan 2014, 11:23pm
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, these signage points have now also been identified by RMS surveillance officers and are in the process of being rectified.Roads Team at 13 Feb 2014, 11:23am
Hi There Again, --- As mentioned before with my many suggestions/queries I fully support this Alpha Numeric Route Numbering Project. It is great to see it been rolled out. --- I have another suggestion for the Sydney Region --- A new A (or B) route between Gladesville/Hunters Hill Chatswood (and Castlecrag) --- The route will start at the Gladesville Bridge (A40) and travel to Chatswood via Burns Bay Road and Centennial Avenue and Mowbray Road at A1 Pacific Highway. From Chatswood the route will continue along Mowbray Road, Alpha Road and Edinburgh Road linking with Eastern Valley way at Castlecrag --- The reason is other than the Harbour Bridge and Tunnel the Gladesville Bridge is the only other crossing of Sydney Harbour (and is why I prefer it to be given an A marker). This route links the North Shore to the Gladesville Bridge. The continuation to Castlecrag would provide a suitable end point especially if the Eastern Valley way is given an alphanumeric marker as per my suggestion on 21 Nov 2012. --- Cheers Taroat 11 Dec 2013, 12:15pm
Hi Taro, thank you for taking the time to provide your input, each of your observations have now been investigated by our survelliance team, and some of these signs have now been identified for rectification as part of the current operations. We really appreciate all your feedback to us especially during this phase of the project.Roads Team at 13 Feb 2014, 11:32am
Hi There Again, --- As mentioned before with my many suggestions/queries I fully support this Alpha Numeric Route Numbering Project. It is great to see it been rolled out. --- I have another suggestion for the Sydney Region --- A new B route between Chatswood West and Thornleigh ---- The route will start at the A38 and follows Lady Game Drive to Lane Cove/West Pymble at A3 then Kanko Road and Comenarra Parkway to Thornleigh at A28. --- The reason or this suggestion is when combined with the A38, A3 and A28 this would be a viable alternative route to the A1 Pacific Highway. --- Cheers Taroat 11 Dec 2013, 10:24am
Hi Taro, thankyou for also for these suggestions, i have forwarded them through to our surveillance team and they will now be assessed with the next phase of the project. Again, thanks for your contributions.Roads Team at 13 Feb 2014, 11:36am
Hello. I also note B70 is listed as complete. I noticed today that the signs right at the exits from M1 still have coverplates with the hospital symbol over the B70 markers. These hospital markers are redundant as there are signs for Wyong Hospital directly below the signs in question. Regards, Mattat 11 Dec 2013, 1:44am
Hi Matt, those signs that you have observed have now been identified by RMS surveillance officers and are in the process of being rectified as part of our current operations. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this information.Roads Team at 13 Feb 2014, 11:39am
Hello, I note that M1 in the Hunter is listed as complete. I did notice today directional signage on the Central Coast (away from the actual motorway and interchanges) still generally points "To 1 Freeway". Regards, Mattat 10 Dec 2013, 12:34am
Hi Matt, along with your additional observations that i have just responded to, the RMS surveillance officers have also identified the directional signage on the Central Coast and they are in the process of being rectified as part of our current operations. Thanks again.Roads Team at 13 Feb 2014, 11:43am