NAME CHANGES: From Monday, the Sydney to Newcastle highway will be renamed the M1 Pacific Motorway.
NAME CHANGES: From Monday, the Sydney to Newcastle highway will be renamed the M1 Pacific Motorway. Artists Impression

Highway upgrades cause street name confusion

SHAKESPEARE once asked: "What's in a name?"

But his star-crossed lovers never had to deal with the confusing realignment of names currently being rolled out with the various upgrades to the Pacific Highway.

The Roads and Maritime Services Department has announced that as of Monday the stretch of highway from Sydney to Newcastle, commonly known as the F3, will be formally renamed the M1 Pacific Motorway. Joining it will be the stretch of highway from Brunswick Heads to the Queensland border.

But between Newcastle and Brunswick Heads it will be the A1 Pacific Highway.

A department spokesperson said the changes were needed to bring the alphanumeric numbers in line with Victoria and Queensland.

"The alphanumeric system lets motorists know if they are travelling on a motorway (M), route of national (A) or state (B) significance and improves travel consistency across state borders," the spokesperson said.

"We understand there may be some confusion as people get used to the new system but this brings NSW into line with other states and will ultimately provide clearer directions for road users."

The spokesperson said the changes have been rolled out progressively across the state since January, with most expected to be completed by year's end.

The Bruxner Highway recently became the B60 and the Lismore to Bangalow Road will soon become the B62.

NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said it made sense to adopt a universal system.

"We're pleased there will be a bit more consistency, but it will take some time (for drivers) to get used to," he said.

"When people are taking trips on roads they are not used to, we encourage them to do a bit of research about where they are driving and hopefully part of that is identifying new roads and new coding."

Mr Khoury said the whole road should become known as the M1 Pacific Motorway.



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