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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The Albion Park Rail bypass is a step closer with the first shovels hitting the ground on the project on 28 March 2018 and work to reconfigure the Croom Regional Sporting Complex underway.

Work to reconfigure the sporting complex will free up land and become part of the 9.8 kilometre extension of the Princes Motorway.

Work at the sporting complex will include building a new cricket and AFL oval, grass netball courts and changes to the rugby league fields as well as new parking, amenities buildings and landscaping.

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Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report

The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report was released in September 2017.

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.

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