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.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was developed to identify potential impacts associated with the project.

The EIS outlines the key features of the project and assesses its potential environmental, social and economic impact during construction and operation.

The EIS overview summarises the key issues outlined in the EIS.

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 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 development of the project is continuing and the start of construction 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.

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
  • A southern interchange at Lookout Road
  • A half interchange providing access to John Hunter Hospital to/from the north
  • Three 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.

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