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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Tenders have been invited for contractors to build new sporting facilities for the Croom Regional Sporting Complex.

The work involves building new sporting facilities including cricket, AFL and rugby league fields, netball courts, earthwork, landscaping, roadways, amenity buildings and carparks.

This early work is needed to allow the highway bypass to be built through areas previously used by the sporting complex while ensuring the community still has access to key sporting facilities. The tender period closes on 10 January 2018. For more information, visit the NSW Government e-tender website.

Preliminary Documentation Assessment

You are invited to provide feedback on the environmental report prepared for biodiversity matters including the Illawarra and South Coast Lowland Forest and Woodland by close of business on Friday 22 December 2017. Please email or mail to Albion Park Rail bypass team PO Box 477 Wollongong NSW 2520.

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.

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