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 NSW Government has allocated $15 million in 2016-17 through the Rebuilding NSW Plan to continue planning and preconstruction activities for the Albion Park Rail bypass.

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 (PDF, 3.5MB) 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.

Roads and Maritime will respond to all submissions in a submissions report which will be released in 2016.

We are targeting planning approval in 2016. The NSW Government has committed funding through Rebuilding NSW to allow construction to start by early 2019.

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.

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