Rankin Park to Jesmond - Newcastle Inner City Bypass
Rankin Park to Jesmond is the fifth stage of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass. The 3.4 kilometre bypass would be built between Rankin Park and Jesmond, to the west of John Hunter Hospital.
Updates and announcements
In June 2014 the NSW Government announced it would provide $280 million for the Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.
The Department of Planning and Environment has placed the EIS on public exhibition between 16 November and 16 December 2016.
The submissions have been received by Roads and Maritime Services and additional investigations are being carried out. The investigations will allow a submissions and preferred infrastructure report to be prepared which will document all issues raised and provide responses. We expect the submissions report to be finalised in mid-2018.
The contract for the detailed design and contract documentation for a new shared path bridge over Newcastle Road has been awarded to Aurecon Australasia. This will allow the shared path bridge to be constructed ahead of the new bypass.
The start of construction for the early works package and main bypass works will be dependent on planning approval and funding. Following planning approval, the next step is to prepare a detailed design and tender documentation for construction. Main construction of the project is expected to take three years.
The Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass would provide traffic relief to the surrounding road network, in particular the existing route of Lookout Road, Croudace Street and Newcastle Road.
The project would involve building a 3.4 kilometre four-lane divided road with:
- A northern interchange at Newcastle Road
- An interchange providing access to John Hunter Hospital precinct
- A southern interchange at Lookout Road
- Structures provided along the bypass to improve connectivity in the bushland for people and animals
- Off-road provisions for pedestrians and cyclists including a shared path bridge over Newcastle Road at Jesmond Park.
We will continue to work with the community and other key stakeholders as planning for the Rankin Park to Jesmond project continues.