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).

Tenders to develop the concept design and carry out the environmental assessment closed in March 2017.

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 $1.5 million allocated in 2016-17 to progress planning.

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

Route options assessment

Work started in November 2014 on a route options assessment to identify a preferred bypass route. The assessment builds on the preliminary feasibility study and includes detailed investigations into traffic, environmental and flooding impacts, further strategic design and community consultation.

Community engagement

Three shortlisted route options were placed on display for community feedback in late 2015.

This feedback, along with technical investigations, including a value management workshop, has been used to select the preferred bypass route.

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

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

Next steps

Roads and Maritime will carry out 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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