New England Highway bypass of Scone and town centre rail bridge

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

Updates and announcements

The comment period for the concept design and review of environmental factors (REF) for the highway bypass and the strategic design options for the town centre rail bridge closed on 19 February 2016.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community for their feedback and will continue to work with the community and stakeholders as planning progresses.

Feedback received during the public display is currently being reviewed and will be addressed in an REF Submissions Report for the bypass and a Community Consultation Report for the town centre rail bridge, which are expected to be published by mid 2016. Roads and Maritime will consider the feedback to progress both proposals.

Project background

The New England Highway south of Scone carries 8400 vehicles a day, peaking in town at 14,000. Around 8000 vehicles use the Kelly Street crossing every day, including 1200 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 are providing $90 million to build a New England Highway bypass and town centre rail bridge at Scone.

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 town centre rail bridge for local traffic and emergency services.

Environmental assessment for the bypass

Roads and Maritime carried out an environmental assessment for the highway upgrade to assess the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposal and identify activities to manage and mitigate these impacts.

The environmental assessment was prepared in consultation with a range of key stakeholders including technical specialists and considered feedback received from the community.

The investigations found that the bypass proposal would not significantly impact the environment with the application of a range of mitigation and management measures.

View or download the review of environmental factors.

Next steps

Upcoming planning activities include:

  • Finalise the bypass concept design and environmental assessment
  • Progress development of a preferred option for the town centre rail bridge, which is expected to be displayed for community feedback in mid 2016
  • Community and stakeholder consultation.
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