New England Highway bypass of Scone and rail bridge

Roads and Maritime Services is building a New England Highway bypass and planning a rail bridge at Scone to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for road users.

Updates and announcements

The environmental assessment for the bypass was finalised in April 2016, meaning the proposed bypass has been approved.

Registrations of interest for the bypass construction contract are now being called.

To help with detailed design of the bypass, we are carrying out additional field investigations including surveying, work to locate underground services and geotechnical investigations to better understand ground conditions along the bypass alignment.

Project background

The New England Highway south of Scone carries 8,400 vehicles a day, peaking in town at 14,000. Around 8,000 vehicles use the Kelly Street crossing every day, including 1,200 heavy vehicles.

There is a poor crash history on this four kilometre section of highway, with 29 crashes in the five years to June 2014.

The Australian and NSW Governments have committed $120 million for construction of the Scone bypass.

Project objectives and features

Key benefits of the upgrade include:

  • Improved traffic flow and amenity for local traffic
  • Improved travel times for freight and long distance traffic
  • Improved safety for all road users.

Key features of the upgrade include:

  • A two lane highway bypass to the west of Scone, which would pass through the Scone Golf Course and bridge over the rail line south of town, Kingdon Street and Liverpool Street
  • Access to and from the bypass to the north and south of town and midway at St Aubins Street, which would provide for all turning movements
  • A road over rail bridge.

Next steps

The environmental assessment for the bypass was finalised in April 2016. This means the proposed bypass has been approved and detailed design is underway. Construction of the bypass is expected to start by 2018, weather permitting.

We will continue development of options for the rail bridge.

Roads and Maritime will continue to keep the community informed as the project progresses.

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