Rankin Park to Jesmond - Newcastle Inner City Bypass

Rankin Park to Jesmond is the fifth section 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

The NSW Government is funding the Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was developed to identify potential impacts associated with the project. The EIS overview (PDF, 7.73Mb) summarises the key issues outlined in the EIS.

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.

In response to community submissions during the exhibition of the EIS, a number of design refinements have been made to the project. We have also made changes through the ongoing review of the concept design and consultation with other government agencies.

A project update (PDF, 2.86Mb) providing information about the design refinements is now available to view.

Project objectives

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.

Key features

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.

Community engagement

We will continue to work with the community and other key stakeholders as planning for the Rankin Park to Jesmond project continues.

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.

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