New England Highway bypass of Singleton

Roads and Maritime Services is planning for a future New England Highway bypass of Singleton to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety through Singleton town centre by reduced traffic including heavy freight.

The NSW Government has committed $92 million towards the Singleton bypass under Rebuilding NSW and allocated $3.7 million in 2018-19 to continue development of the project.

Traffic congestion on New England Highway at Singleton

Updates and announcements

Work continues on the development of the concept design and environmental assessment to better understand any impact the bypass would have on the project area. This work includes geotechnical investigations to determine ground conditions, stakeholder consultation to better understand any potential heritage impacts and identification of plant and animal life in the area to minimise impacts.

A preferred option was announced in December 2016 and involves building a new section of highway west of Singleton across the floodplain, starting near Newington Lane and rejoining the New England Highway north of McDougalls Hill. Information about the preferred option is available in the December 2016 Project update (PDF, 1.2Mb).

Timing for construction of the bypass has not been confirmed and is subject to approval and funding availability.

Project background

The New England Highway is part of the inland Sydney to Brisbane National Land Transport Network and is a major freight and commuter route between Newcastle, Maitland and the Upper Hunter.

The highway passes through the centre of Singleton and is the main road access through the town. A bypass of Singleton would not only improve the movement of freight and general traffic along the New England Highway, it would also improve the Singleton town centre amenity.

More than 26,000 vehicles, including over 3700 trucks, travel through Singleton each day. Traffic volumes are predicted to increase over the next 25 years.

Community engagement

We are working with the community and stakeholders during the planning process to understand issues and minimise potential impact to the environment.

Opportunities to give feedback will be provided when the concept design and environmental assessment are complete.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime is continuing consultation with affected landowners and key stakeholders, including Singleton Council.

We will keep the community and key stakeholders informed as the project progresses. The environmental assessment and concept design for the bypass are expected to be displayed for community feedback in late 2019.

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