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This consultation has concluded.

Roads and Maritime Services has now completed an update of road signs in New South Wales as part of the introduction of the new alpha-numeric road numbering system.  

Introducing the system across the state has brought NSW into line with other States and Territories.

The system includes a combination of a letter and a number between 1 and 99 to identify a route and has:

•‘M’ – motorway standard road
•‘A’ - route of national significance
•‘B’ - route of state significance

Sixty three routes were updated between May and December 2013, with over 11,000 sign cover plates having been installed. 

Completed routes by region are:

• The A8, A22, A28, A34, A36, A38, B59, M1, A1, A2, M2, A3, A4, M4, M5, A6, A9, M31, A32, A40, A44, M7 and B83 in the Sydney region
 
• The A15, A37, A43, A49, B53, B57, B63, B68, B89, M1, A1, B70, B74, B82, B84 and B83 in the Hunter region
 
• The B23, M23, B65, B72, B73, A41, A48, B64, M1, A1, M31, A20, B52, B62, B69, B75, B79, A25, B58, B81, B85, B87, B88 and B94 in the Southern and South West regions
 
• The A15, B51, B56, B60, B76, B78, B91 and B95 in the Northern region
 
• The A41, B51, B55, B56, B64, B75, B76, B79, A32, A39, B71, B81 and B87 in the Western region

 

This community project forum is now closed.

Alpha-numeric Route Marking Forum questions and answers can be still viewed. Additionally, a question and answer factsheet has been prepared to address some commonly asked questions regarding the project. View or download the Q&As from the documents section on the right of the page.

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Q&A

The Alpha-numeric route marking consultation has now closed. Questions and answers from the consultation can be still viewed below.

For more information about the project visit rms.nsw.gov.au/roadnumbers

 

 

  • 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

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  • I note that Google Maps still shows Wilberforce Road, Putty Road, Glenridding Road and John Street, between Windsor and Singleton with a blue shield and 69. It could still be on signage on the actual route. This will need to be decommissioned on Google Maps (and other navigation software) as well as signage. In saying this I am strongly of the view that this route be given an alphanumeric marker which I along with numerous other people have previously said. This is because the route is a vital link between Sydney (especially Western Sydney) and the Upper Hunter. In some cases it could be quicker to travel along this route between Western Sydney and the Upper Hunter than along the M4, M7, A28, M1, M15 and A15. Furthermore when combined with the B84 Golden Highway (at Mount Thorley) this could be a significant alternative route from Western Sydney and Dubbo. I would suggest extending the A9 marker (which goes from Narellan to Windsor) to cover this route. Alternatively it could be given allocated B9 if you deem that it is not significant to be given an ‘A’ type marker. Whatever the case, I (like several others) urge that the route be given an alphanumeric marker. … Cheers Taro
    at 18 Mar 2014, 11:54am

    Hi Taro,
    Thank you for providing us with that information and your additional suggestions.
    In regards to the Google maps, updates are made according to the standard update procedures and release deadlines of each mapping and way finding organisation. We have been working closely with all of these organisations throughout the project, and have recently provided them with another update, directly as a result of our findings and modifications found as part of our rectification program.
    However, I will forward on your comments to the relevant project team members to also make sure this was part of the latest update. I will also pass on your other suggestions for consideration. Kind Regards, RMS Alpha Numeric Route Marking Project Team 

    Roads Team at 18 Mar 2014, 3:41pm
  • If the Hume Motorway has been tagged M31, why are parts of the Hume Highway tagged A22? Why not A31 in line with M31 (then you would associate the hume highway with the hume motorway)?
    at 17 Mar 2014, 4:51pm

    Hello, thank you for your comments. I have passed them onto our Project Manager and team for further consideration. I will provide you with a response as soon as possible. Regards, RMS Alpha Numeric Route Marking team 

    Roads Team at 18 Mar 2014, 3:51pm
  • At the intersection of Kent and Druitt Streets in the Sydney CBD there is a big green sign pointing to “Parramatta …”. The sign still has the old hexagonal metroad 4 and blue shield 40 markers. These markers will need to be updated to reflect A4 and A40 respectively. This follows on to my observation on the intersection of Kent and Market Streets which I mentioned on 13 Mar 2014, 1:54pm (which you acknowledged on 14 Mar 2014, 4:27pm. I would recommend your “surveillance officers” to also check other similar signs in Sydney CBD. … Cheers Taro
    at 17 Mar 2014, 11:02am

    Hi Taro, Thank you again for providing us with further observations. As previously, I have passed it onto our surveillance officers, along with your other feedback for the CBD area. The team are working their way through all the feedback, so sometimes it make take some time to come back to you, but i can assure you they are working through all of your previous observations as well. Thanks again, Kind Regards, RMS Alpha Numeric project team  

    Roads Team at 18 Mar 2014, 3:46pm
  • I see that the Northconnex has been announced today. Linking the M1 and the M2, what will this road's alphanumeric code be? If it is called the M28, then Pennant Hills Road can no longer be the A28: otherwise there would be two parallel routes with the same numerical designation. So, will Pennant Hills Road be given a new alphanumeric code?
    at 16 Mar 2014, 2:04pm

    Hi Mark, I will forward on your question for a specific response to the Project Manager, they may need to liase with the NorthConnex team as well just to clarify. I will come back to you as soon as i have been provided with a reply. Many thanks for taking the time to submit your query.  

    Roads Team at 18 Mar 2014, 12:54pm
  • Hi there. Google Maps does not show the new Hunter Expressway alignment and route marker on the map, and in addition I don't know what their email address is and Google doesn't seem to have a page with email addresses in case any customers have any enquiries. Can you please help me with this? Best.
    at 14 Mar 2014, 9:18pm

    Hello Louis, Roads and Maritime have been working closely with Land and Property Information (LPI), Sensis and Pitney Bowes Software throughout this project. These are the three major providers of digital mapping data, who supply many organisations including Google, Apple, WhereIs and TomTom.
    Updates to all maps are made according to the standard update procedures and release deadlines of each organisation. We have recently provided them with another update, directly as a result of our findings and modifications found as part of our rectification program. However, I will also forward on your comments regarding the new Hunter Expressway to the relevant project team members to also make sure this was part of the latest update.
    I have included Google Sydney office contact details if you need to make further enquiries: Address: Google Australia Level 5, 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 Australia Phone: +61 2 9374 4000
    Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments. RMS Alpha Numeric Project Team  

    Roads Team at 18 Mar 2014, 12:28pm
  • At the intersection of Kent and Market Streets in the Sydney CBD there is a big green sign pointing to “Parramatta …”. This sign still has the old hexagonal metroad 4 and blue shield 40 markers. This they will need to be updated to reflect A4 and A40 respectively. I would recommend your “surveillance officers” to also check other similar signs in Sydney CBD. … Cheers Taro
    at 13 Mar 2014, 1:54pm

    Hi Taro, Thank you for providing us with that information. I have passed it onto our survelliance officers, along with your other feedback to double check. I hope you have a lovely weekend.  

    Roads Team at 14 Mar 2014, 4:27pm
  • On the corner of Railway Street and Rhondda Road in Teralba (Lake Macquarie) which acts as a link to the M1 interchange near Wakefield has an extremely old "To F3 Freeway" sign. I know that the "F3" term was phased out decades ago to "National 1 Highway" so I guess they forgot about it but a new sign to point you in the right direction with the right road names would be nice considering this route is the quickest way to the motorway from Northern Lake Macquarie and is the way GPS devices will take you.
    at 9 Mar 2014, 6:54pm

    Thank you for providing us with that information. I have passed it onto our survelliance officers, who as part of our current rectification program will look into this and consider your suggestion if it has not already been picked up. I hope you have a lovely weekend. 

    Roads Team at 14 Mar 2014, 4:33pm
  • 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 Team  

    Roads 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
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