Starting today the Pacific Hwy has undergone a slight name change.
Starting today the Pacific Hwy has undergone a slight name change. Trevor Veale

Highway name change is confusing but consistent

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

But his star cross'd lovers never had to deal with the confusing realignment of names that are currently being rolled out with various upgrades to the Pacific Hwy.

The Roads and Maritime Services Department has announced that as of today, 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 Hwy.

A spokesperson for the department 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 significance (B) and improves travel consistency across state borders.

"We know 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 the majority of them expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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

Media spokesperson for the NRMA, Peter Khoury said it made sense for NSW 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.

"They should be doing that anyway for safety and efficiency."

Mr Khoury said when all Pacific Hwy upgrades were completed, the whole road should be known as the M1 Pacific Motorway.



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