New England Highway bypass of Scone and town centre 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 concept design and review of environmental factors (REF) for the bypass and strategic design options for the rail bridge were displayed for community feedback from December 2015 to February 2016.

The environmental assessment for the bypass was finalised in April 2016, meaning the proposed bypass has been approved and will proceed into detailed design. The Scone bypass submissions report, which summarises community feedback on the bypass, responses from Roads and Maritime and details of changes made to the bypass concept design, will be published in July 2016.

The rail bridge community consultation report, which summarises community feedback on the three rail bridge options presented during the display period, will also be published in July.

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 have previously committed $45 million each to the project. The NSW government has allocated $10 million in 2016/2017 to continue planning for the 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 town centre rail bridge for local traffic and emergency services.

Next steps

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

We will continue development of options for the rail bridge. We expect to seek further community feedback on rail bridge options later in 2016.

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