Albion Park Rail bypass - Princes Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services is planning an extension of the M1 Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats to bypass Albion Park Rail. The NSW Government is funding the $630 million project. The bypass would complete the 'missing link' for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry.

The existing Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail

Latest news

September 2018

Early work including survey and geotechnical work has started on the 9.8 kilometre bypass of the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail.

Geotechnical and stockpiling work as well as the set-up of ancillary work compound sites will take place from September. This includes setting up water basins; dust monitors and sediment fencing to reduce the impacts on the environment. Please view our community update (PDF, 775Kb) for the latest information.

The contract for the design and construction of the bypass has been awarded to Fulton Hogan and the final design for the project is expected to be completed by early 2019.

Major construction is expected to start in early 2019.

Work is already under way to make changes for the project at the Croom Regional Sporting Complex. Part of this work includes building a new cricket and AFL oval, grass netball courts and changes to the rugby league fields, as well as new parking, amenities, building and landscaping. Work on the sporting complex is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

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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