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Albion Park Rail bypass - Princes Highway upgrade

Roads and Maritime Services 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.

Latest news

JAN 2020

JAN 2020Project Update

Work on the project is now about 40 per cent complete with more than 80 per cent of earthworks now complete. For more information, read our latest Project Update (PDF, 2.42Mb).

DEC 2019

DEC 2019Invite to January 2020 Community Information Session

Members of the public are invited to a public community information session on Wednesday 15 January 2020, 6pm to 8pm at the Albion Park Rail bypass Training Hub, 1914 Illawarra Highway, Albion Park Rail.

For more information, view the postcard.

DEC 2019

DEC 2019Traffic changes on the East West Link in 2020

The next section of the new East West Link, between Woollybutt Drive and Durgadin Drive, is expected to be open to traffic from mid-February 2020, weather permitting.

As part of this stage of the project, access to Durgadin Drive and Woollybutt Drive from the East West Link will be removed to allow the bypass to be constructed.

The community will be kept updated.

For more information on these access changes, view the Woollybutt Drive and Durgadin Drive notifications.

DEC 2019

DEC 2019Temporary access changes at Croom Regional Sporting Complex

To facilitate the next stage of construction in this area, new temporary access arrangements will be in place from the week commencing Monday 9 December 2019 for up to 12 months, weather permitting.

For more information on how to access the sporting facilities, view the CRSC Access Changes notification (PDF, 221Kb).

AUG 2019

AUG 2019Asbestos Remediation work in Yallah

During early clearing activities for the Albion Park Rail bypass, asbestos containing material was found within the project site at Yallah. In order to appropriately manage the contaminated areas, a combination of controls has been employed in line with current industry best practice.

A licenced, qualified team of specialists have been engaged to perform the remedial site works, which began on Wednesday 17 July 2019.

For more information, view or download our asbestos fact sheet (PDF, 349Kb).

Project information

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.

The work is scheduled for completion for 2022.

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.

Major features of the project include tie-ins to the existing Princes Motorway at Dapto and Oak Flats, two new interchanges at the Illawarra Highway and at Tongarra Road, 13 bridges and associated structures such as safety screens and retaining walls, earthworks including embankments in the floodplain and two cuttings, noise mitigation, provision for pedestrians and cyclists, landscaping and drainage works.

Stage one of the project, which involved the reconfiguration of Croom Regional Sporting Complex began in March 2018 and was carried out by Cleary Bros. The new AFL/Cricket field has been completed in addition to new grass netball courts, changes to the rugby league fields as well as new amenities buildings and horse recreational areas. Completion of this work is a significant milestone for the project and has freed up land to make way for the bypass.

  • Planning for the future
  • Return local streets to local communities
  • Up to 16 intersections bypassed
  • Up to 30 per cent travel time saving
  • Last town to be bypassed between Sydney and Bomaderry
  • Better and more reliable trips for locals, tourists, businesses and freight
  • Increased road capacity
  • Six times less likely to crash
  • Improve the efficient movement of freight

The Albion Park Rail bypass community display centre is now open. The display centre is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm (excluding public holidays) and is located at 1914 Illawarra Highway, Albion Park Rail Visitor and disabled parking is available.

View or download the Albion Park Rail bypass community display centre map (PDF, 156Kb) for more information.

Project documents


Contact us

For further information about the Albion Park Rail bypass project contact:

Phone: 1800 708 727 (toll free, press 1)


Mail: Albion Park Rail bypass, PO Box 1014, Albion Park Rail NSW 2527

For further information about the Croom Regional Sporting Complex project contact:

Phone: 1800 708 727 (toll free, press 2)


Mail: Albion Park Rail bypass,PO Box 477, Wollongong NSW 2520

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