Singleton - New England Highway bypass

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out a route options assessment to select a preferred route for a future New England Highway bypass of Singleton.

The NSW Government has announced $92 million towards the upgrade under Rebuilding NSW to improve traffic flow and safety.

Updates and announcements

Short listed route options for the future bypass were displayed for community comment in September and October 2015.

More information about the feedback received during the public display is available in the March 2016 Community Consultation Report (PDF, 632Kb).

A value management workshop was held on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

The one day workshop is part of the key planning process which will be used to guide the recommendation of a preferred route option for approval by Roads and Maritime and the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

Details from the value management workshop will be included in the preferred option report, which will be made available when the preferred option is announced. This is expected to occur in the second half of 2016.

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 at this pinch point.

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 to over 30,000 vehicles per day over the next 25 years.

There is also a crash history. In the five years to June 2014, there were 143 crashes along the New England Highway between Range Road and Rixs Creek Road, including a fatality. The majority of these involved rear end crashes and cars running off the road.

The NSW Government has allocated $1 million in 2015-16 for further assessment of bypass options and community consultation which will assist in selecting a preferred route.

Timing for construction of the bypass has not been confirmed. The NSW Government has announced $92 million for the upgrade under Rebuilding NSW.

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.

Once a preferred route is selected, the bypass corridor will be included within Singleton Council’s Local Environmental Plan, reserving the land for future construction of the bypass. Timing for construction of the bypass has not been confirmed.

Community engagement

Feedback was sought during the feasibility stage of the project. One of the key issues identified was the flooding impacts in the Singleton area, which has been considered as part of the current investigations.

We will work with the community and stakeholders, including Singleton Council during the planning process to understand issues and minimise potential impacts.

The community comment period for the short listed route options closed on Friday 23 October 2015. Feedback received will be considered to identify the preferred bypass route, which is expected to be displayed in the second half of 2016.

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