Albion Park Rail bypass - Princes Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is planning a future extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats to bypass Albion Park Rail. The bypass would complete the 'missing link' for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry.

Congested roads around Albion Park Rail

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In response to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) display in 2015, we have prepared a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report to address all submissions and issues raised during the EIS display. The report also considers consultation and refinements to the proposal since the EIS display.

As a result of the feedback and further planning, there have been some refinements to the design. An updated animation and Frequently Asked Questions for the proposed Albion Park Rail bypass are now available.

Planning approval for the project is targeted for late this year with construction on track to start in early 2019. The community will continue to be updated as the project progresses.

Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report

The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report is now available.

This report addresses over 100 submissions received during the display of the EIS in late 2015. This report also considers additional consultation that took place since the EIS display.

Additional consultation included ongoing discussions with affected land owners, and a survey of 1100 directly impacted households about extended work hours required to deliver the project.

The EIS submissions, additional consultation and further planning have resulted in refinements to the design which is also outlined in the report. 

To view the report please visit the Department of Planning and Environment website.

Project background

In the mid 1990s, the then Roads and Traffic Authority undertook a study which identified a preferred route for the bypass.

To reserve land for this bypass route, a road corridor was included in the Wollongong and Shellharbour City Council local environmental plans. This road corridor protects the route from development and reserves land for the road.

In 2013 Roads and Maritime reviewed the road corridor and confirmed the reserved corridor is suitable for a bypass of Albion Park Rail. See the Road Corridor Review Report for more information.

Preferred option

To view the preferred option, see the Preferred option community update.

The proposed motorway would provide easy access to Dapto, Albion Park and Oak Flats, have two lanes in each direction, with capacity for additional lanes and be signposted at 100km/h.

Identification of the preferred option followed an intensive process of reviews, investigations, planning, community and stakeholder consultation, and design work. The Preferred option report provides an overview of the steps followed and records the decision making process.

Preferred option community feedback report

During October and November 2014, Roads and Maritime invited the community and stakeholders to provide feedback on the preferred option for the Albion Park Rail bypass.

We had more than 1600 visitors to our community sessions and almost 200 Have your Say surveys were completed.

A Community Feedback Report (1.8MB) is now available. This report summaries the feedback received.

This feedback is being used to refine the motorway design.

Flood focus group

Roads and Maritime recently invited community representatives to participate in a flood focus group to give local residents a chance to understand and contribute to the flood assessment process. Read more about the flood focus group.

Display of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

A detailed Environmental impact statement (EIS) was developed to identify potential impacts associated with the Albion Park Rail bypass.

The EIS outlines the key features of the Albion Park Rail bypass and assesses its potential environmental and social impacts during construction and operation.

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

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment placed the EIS on public exhibition between 28 October and 27 November 2015.

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