Singleton - New England Highway bypass

Roads and Maritime Services has identified a preferred option for a future New England Highway bypass of Singleton. The NSW Government has committed $92 million towards the upgrade under Rebuilding NSW to improve traffic flow and safety.

Updates and announcements

A preferred option was announced in December 2016, which involves building a new section of highway west of Singleton starting near Newington Lane and rejoining the New England Highway north of McDougalls Hill.

More information about the preferred option is available in the December 2016 Project update (PDF, 1.2Mb). Details on the options, investigations and studies carried out for the route options assessment are available in the Preferred option report (PDF 4.7Mb).

AECOM Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to develop the concept design and carry out the environmental assessment. Work will now start on survey and geotechnical investigations as well as environmental studies. Feedback from the community will be invited when the concept design and environmental assessment are prepared.

Project background

The New England Highway forms part of the National Land Transport Network and is a major freight and commuter route between Newcastle and the Upper Hunter.

The highway passes through Singleton and forms the main road access through the town and to the CBD.

A New England Highway bypass of Singleton would address current congestion and future traffic demands.

Over 25,000 vehicles use the highway through Singleton each day with around 3750 of these being heavy vehicles. Traffic volumes are predicted to increase over the next 25 years.

The NSW Government has announced $92 million towards the upgrade under Rebuilding NSW, with $3 million allocated in 2017-18 to progress planning.

Timing for construction of the bypass has not been confirmed and would be subject to approval and funding availability.

Community engagement

We will work with the community and stakeholders during the planning process to understand issues and minimise potential impact.

Opportunities to give further feedback will be provided at the concept design and environmental assessment stage.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime is continuing consultation with affected landowners and key stakeholders, including Singleton Council.

The preferred route corridor will be included in Singleton Council’s Local Environment Plan, reserving the land for future construction of the bypass.

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