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 Department of Planning and Environment has provided planning approval for the bypass project and is an important milestone that will help the bypass project stay on track to start major construction in early 2019.

Tenders have now closed for contractors to build new sporting facilities for the Croom Regional Sporting Complex.

The work at Croom Regional Sporting Complex 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 is expected to be awarded soon.

Preliminary Documentation Assessment – Final Document

The preliminary documentation assessment describes the impact and proposed mitigation measures for threatened species and communities. Public comments were sought on the preliminary documentation between 11 and 22 December 2017. No public submissions were received.

The finalised preliminary documentation is on display again from 31 January to 14 February 2018 and can be viewed on the Albion Park Rail bypass Project Documents page or at:

  • Roads and Maritime Services, Level 4, 90 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
  • Albion Park Library, Russell Street, Albion Park NSW 2527
  • Department of the Environment and Energy, 51 Allara Street Civic ACT, 2608
  • Environment Protection Authority, Level 3, 84 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

People with special needs (ie for whom English is a second language or who have vision impairment) or who require assistance to access the documents, should contact the project team on 1800 708 727 (toll free).

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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