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.
JUL 2020Temporary closure of Croome Road
There will be a temporary closure of Croome Road between Grevillea Street and the East West Link from 3 August 2020, weather permitting.More information
This closure and detour will be in place for about three weeks, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to follow the direction of signs, speed limits and traffic control at all times.
For more information on this closure, view the July 2020 notification letter (PDF, 357Kb).
MAY 2020Bridge into Albion Park to open to traffic
The first of the project's 13 bridges to be completed will open to traffic from Monday 18 May, weather permitting.More information
The new bridge into Albion Park will be opened 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.
To prepare for the bridge to open to traffic we need to close the Illawarra Highway between 7pm Friday 15 May and 6am Monday 18 May, weather permitting. During this closure there will be no access for cyclists or pedestrians. Detours will be in place via the Princes Highway and Tongarra Road.
MAY 2020Project update
Since January 2020 we have:More information
- opened another section of the new East West Link
- closed Woollybutt Drive and Durgadin Drive which both become cul-de-sacs
- switched on the traffic lights at the Princes Highway and Nehme Avenue intersection
- continued bridge construction across the project
- relocated water and electrical utilities on Tongarra Road
- progressed earthworks at Yallah, along the Illawarra Highway, Tongarra Road and near the Oak Flats interchange.
Read more in our latest project update (PDF, 1.12Mb).
APR 2020Super T bridge girders installed over Tongarra Road
Work to install a set of 'Super T' girders for a bridge over Tongarra Road has been completed.More information
A Super T girder is a large precast, pre-stressed concrete beam which provides structural support to bridge decks.
Tongarra Road now has a temporary height clearance of 5.2 metres which will be in place until the end of construction. This will increase to a 5.4m clearance after construction.
Transport for NSW thanks the community for its patience while we continue to carry out work on the project.
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.
MAR 2020New East West Link open between Woollybutt & Durgadin drives
The section of the new East West Link between Woollybutt and Durgadin drives opened to traffic on Tuesday 3 March 2020.More information
This follows the opening of the section of the new East West Link between Croome Road and Woollybutt Drive in 2019.
Access to Woollybutt and Durgadin drives from the East West Link has been removed. Both of these roads will become cul-de-sacs as part of the permanent design of the project.
Motorists are advised to follow the direction of signs, speed limits and traffic control at all times.
FEB 2020Traffic changes on the East West Link in 2020
Traffic changes scheduled for mid-February on the East West Link between Woollybutt Drive and Durgadin Drive were postponed due to the heavy rainfall in the area.
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.
For more information on these access changes, view the notification letter (PDF, 635Kb).
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).
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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.
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
With the easing of restrictions, we have reopened the community display centre. The community display centre is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm (excluding public holidays) and is located at 1914 Illawarra Highway, Albion Park Rail.
In our interactions with you at the display centre, we are following social distancing, hygiene, cleaning and record keeping guidelines from the NSW Government.
Visitor and disabled parking is available. View or download the Albion Park Rail bypass community display centre map (PDF, 509Kb) for more information.
Stage one of the project involved the reconfiguration of Croom Regional Sporting Complex which began in March 2018. 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.
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