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
How are the numbers decided on?at 20 Oct 2013, 3:17pm
To ensure continuity and minimise impact, the old National, State, and Metroad route numbers have been retained wherever possible and simply an alpha marker has been added. Where a new route number was required, the 'A 1-49, B 50 - 99' principle was generally followed, whereby 'A' roads were assigned generally lower numbers and 'B' roads higher numbers. This helps reinforce the route markers based on the significance of the road and provides sufficient capacity to introduce new routes in the future.RMS admin at 28 Oct 2013, 3:29pm
On the M2, there is still one remnant MR 3 sign (I think) and you still haven't fixed that undersizedM2 coverplate. Can you fix that one? Thanks.at 19 Oct 2013, 10:05pm
Thanks for your message - all signage observations that require checking and modifying are sent to our surveillance team to action. Final checking and minor signage modifications are expected to continue through to March 2014.RMS admin at 11 Nov 2013, 4:23pm
I would like to know if kissing point road have a widening plan? If yes, when to start? And will 185 kissing point road be affected?Thank you!at 13 Oct 2013, 6:24pm
Thank you for your question, however it doesn't relate to the alpha-numeric project which is the subject of this forum. Please forward your enquiry to Project_Customer_Services@rms.nsw.gov.au and the customer service team will be able to respond directly to you about this matter.RMS admin at 22 Oct 2013, 4:38pm
How long does it take for you (RMS) to 'check and take action'?at 12 Oct 2013, 2:46pm
RMS crews and surveillance officers are working to unveil, install and verify the new signs in accordance with our work program to complete the rollout of the new alpha-numeric system by the end of December 2013. As routes are 'completed', the surveillance officers check and verify the signs before they are signed off as fully complete. The time taken to undertake this process varies depending on the workload and location of crews and surveillance officers and whether a new coverplate needs to be manufactured to rectify the sign. It is expected that final checking of routes and minor modification works will take place up to March 2014.RMS admin at 11 Nov 2013, 4:07pm
Will there be a T route for tourist roads like tourist road 11 becoming the T11?at 8 Oct 2013, 11:38pm
The M, A and B guidance route markers serve a different function than that of tourist routes, which are designed to link tourism destinations and attractions. The new system will not affect tourist driving routes nor impact on the brown and white tourist signage. However, your recommendation regarding 'T' alpha-markers for tourist routes has been recorded and will be reviewed by the project team in the coming months.RMS admin at 4 Nov 2013, 4:41pm
There is still one stray Metroad 2 route marker at the intersection at Windsor Rd and Old Northern Rd at Baulkham Hills and RMS hasn't done a thing with it yet. Can you do something with this or are you just going to leave it there?at 4 Oct 2013, 10:22pm
Thank you for your observation - the team will check this sign and action as appropriate. Implementation works are still underway but routes are being thoroughly reviewed as they are completed and any signage anomalies are being actioned.RMS admin at 4 Nov 2013, 4:40pm
What are coverplates used for?at 1 Oct 2013, 5:07pm
Coverplates are used on road signs to display new information or cover up old information without having to replace the whole sign. Coverplates are used for many reasons, one of which being the new alpha-numeric signage. The decision to install coverplates onto existing signs was to enable a quick, concise and relatively cost effective rollout of the new route marking. A complete signposting overhaul for each route would have taken more time and cost more money.RMS admin at 28 Oct 2013, 3:31pm
It looks like there have been two coverplates left that weren't removed near the Ourimbah interchange. There are still two "TO NATIONAL 1 FREEWAY" signs along Burns Road near the Shell service station that need to be updated. It appears as though all other signage at that intersection has been updated and these may have been missedat 1 Oct 2013, 10:53am
Thank you for your observation. Our surveillance team has reviewed all "To M1 Motorway" signage along side roads of the former 'F3' and will install new signs at these locations soon.RMS admin at 22 Oct 2013, 3:09pm
Why is the Hume Highway (the part south of Berrima) M31 instead of A31. Thanks. P.S. You sound like a robot to me.at 30 Sep 2013, 9:18pm
The new alpha-numeric system assigns an ‘M’ marker to routes that are of national significance and 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 the Hume Highway.
The Hume Highway is labelled the M31 for its entire length in NSW, however it will continue to be known as the Hume Highway (instead of the Hume Motorway) from the Victorian border until Berrima because of the number of addresses on this section of the road.RMS admin at 4 Nov 2013, 4:39pm
Is there going to be a program update of the RMS alphanumeric routes site? Just curious, that's all.at 30 Sep 2013, 5:27pm
There are more updates to come - keep an eye on the 'program update' section of the website for the next one.RMS admin at 4 Nov 2013, 4:38pm