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.

The existing Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail

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June 2018

The NSW Government has provided $65.6 million in the 2018/19 budget to commence construction on the bypass.

Early work to reconfigure the Croom Regional Sporting Complex as part of the Albion Park Rail bypass project has begun, with work to build a new turning lane underway.

The new lane will provide work vehicles with better access to the complex, which will help reduce disruptions to all road users.

Work vehicles will have dedicated access to the complex so traffic on Croome Road won be delayed by heavy vehicles as they come and go.

In order for work to be carried out as safely and efficiently as possible, changed traffic conditions are in place on Croome Road between the East-West Link and Ashburton Drive.

Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm and is expected to be completed in around four weeks, weather permitting.

A reduced speed limit will be in place during this time for the safety of motorists and workers.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions and allow extra travel time, as minor delays are expected while this work takes place.

The first shovels hit the ground as part of the early work on the Albion Park Rail bypass project with 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 includes 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.

View the Frequently asked questions page for more information.

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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