Transport for NSW is building 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. Motorists are expected to be driving on the new motorway by mid-2021, with the project on track for completion in late 2021.
FEB 2021Changes to the northbound exit ramp to Dapto
There will be changes to the northbound access to Dapto from Monday 22 February, weather permitting.More information
To progress work on the new motorway and ramps in Yallah, we are moving the northbound access to Dapto further south. Motorists heading north wishing to exit to Dapto will need to follow new signage for the exit ramp.
Further traffic changes will occur across the project later this year, as parts of the new motorway progressively open to traffic. We will keep the community and motorists informed as we progress.
NOV 2020Another section of the East West Link open
Another section of the new East West Link will open to traffic from Thursday 3 December 2020, weather permitting.
The new section of road between Durgadin Drive and the Oak Flats interchange will connect the existing East West Link to the interchange in a temporary arrangement to allow work for the bypass to continue in the area.
For more information please see the animation of these traffic changes.
NOV 2020View the latest project update
Learn more about where the project is up to and what’s happened over the last few months in our November 2020 project update (PDF, 680Kb).More information
We would also like to thank the community for taking the time to give us feedback earlier this year. The feedback has provided us with a better understanding of your experience during construction and will help inform the way we will communicate with you as the project progresses.
NOV 2020Project tracking ahead of schedule
Construction of the Albion Park Rail bypass is more than a year ahead of schedule with motorists now expected to be driving on the new Princes Motorway from mid-2021, weather permitting.More information
More than 2 million hours have been worked on the project, and a number of significant milestones have passed since major work began in January last year.
There will be several traffic changes over the coming months including on the East West Link Road, Oak Flat Interchange and onto the new motorway.
Once traffic has been moved onto the motorway, work to complete the project will continue into late 2021 including finishing earthworks, bridge construction, shared paths and pavement work.
The community will be kept informed as the project progresses. Thank you for your patience during the construction of the bypass.
AUG 2020Croome Road open to traffic
The new Croome Road bridge is now open to traffic.More information
The bridge is the second bridge to be opened to traffic as part of the Albion Park Rail bypass project. A shared path on the bridge has also been opened.
We thank the community for their patience during the three week closure of Croome Road. With your help we were able to safely complete the work and open the bridge to traffic.
AUG 2020Project update
Since May 2020 we have:More information
- opened the new bridge into Albion Park
- installed planks on the bridge over the South Coast railway line during a rail closure
- opened the Croom Regional Sporting Complex access road and shared path
- implemented temporary traffic changes and pavement widening on Tongarra Road
- continued bridge construction and earthworks across the project
- installed 230 bridge planks on the bridge over Macquarie Rivulet and 129 bridge planks on the bridge over the Princes Motorway in Yallah
- placed the first layers of road pavement on sections of the main bypass
- installed drainage, signage, street lighting, guardrail and traffic signals.
Read more in our latest project update (PDF, 6.39Mb).
MAY 2020Bridge into Albion Park now open to traffic
The first of the project's 13 bridges opened to traffic on Monday 18 May 2020.More information
The new bridge into Albion Park is open to traffic in both directions temporarily. When the project is complete, this bridge will become the southbound exit ramp for motorists travelling to Albion Park.
APR 2020Work hours extended to support industry during COVID-19
The NSW Government has announced construction sites can now operate on weekends and public holidays to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.More information
The extended hours allow the industry to facilitate social distancing on construction sites, while minimising the potential for lost productivity.
During this time, construction work may be carried out Monday to Sunday 7am to 7pm and on public holidays.
The local community will be informed in advance if work is required outside of these hours.
We will continue to make every effort to minimise construction impacts where possible.
Should these circumstances change, we will advise the community and will return to our standard construction hours of Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturdays 8am to 5pm.
We appreciate this is a difficult time for many and would like to remind the community that we can be contacted by phone 1800 708 727 (toll free) and email APRbypass@fultonhogan.com.au.
MAR 2020COVID-19 update
Albion Park Rail bypass team is following the directive of NSW Health and proactively addressing the COVID-19 situation as it evolves, with expert advice from health and operational professionals.More information
As transport infrastructure has been deemed essential by the Government, we will continue with important work on the Albion Park Rail bypass. The community will be kept up to date if any changes will impact on road and traffic conditions.
In our interactions with you, we will follow social distancing guidelines to minimise risk from COVID-19.
To protect everyone's health we are:
- putting a hold on community information sessions and Aboriginal Focus Group meetings
- limiting face to face meetings and, where possible, arranging phone meetings as an alternative
You can still reach us by phone on 1800 708 727 (toll free) and email APRbypass@fultonhogan.com.au.
Our project team is monitoring the situation and we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
The project team thanks the community for their patience during this time.
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Major construction work on the Albion Park Rail bypass began in January 2019. The NSW Government has engaged Fulton Hogan to design and build the 9.8 kilometre bypass.
Standard construction hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturdays 8am to 5pm. The local community will be informed in advance is work is required outside of standard construction hours.
Key project features include:
- Connecting the new 9.8 kilometre motorway to the existing Princes Motorway at Dapto and Oak Flats
- Two new interchanges at the Illawarra Highway and Tongarra Road
- Local road upgrades at Tongarra Road and Yallah Road
- Thirteen bridges
- Earthworks including embankments in the floodplain
- Facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
For more information, see the project Frequently Asked Questions.
Project map and key features
The key features of the bypass project include:
- A 9.8 kilometre extension of the Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats bypassing Albion Park Rail
- A central interchange at Albion Park
- A southern interchange at Oak Flats
- Thirteen new bridges
- Pedestrian and cyclist facilities to improve connectivity
- Local road upgrades on Tongarra Road and Yallah Road.
View or download the project overview map.
16 November 2020
Early opening for Albion Park Rail bypass
12 August 2020
New Albion Park Rail bypass bridges on the way
First bridge completed on Albion Park rail Bypass
Part of new East West Link Road now open to traffic
First permanent traffic switch for the Albion Park Rail bypass
Detailed design for Albion Park Rail bypass on display
Changed traffic conditions on Croome Road at Albion Park
Investigation work on Princes Highway at Yallah and Oak Flats
For further information about the Albion Park Rail bypass project and for procurement opportunities contact:
Phone: 1800 708 727 (toll free)
Mail: Albion Park Rail bypass, PO Box 1014, Albion Park Rail NSW 2527