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.

The submissions and preferred infrastructure report has been finalised and the project has been approved to proceed, subject to NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s conditions and concurrence from the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy.

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

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.

Tenders have been called to build a new shared path bridge over Newcastle Road. 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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