Aerial view of Scone looking east, with the Parsons Gully Bridge visible centre

New England Highway bypass of Scone

Transport for NSW is building the New England Highway bypass of Scone to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for road users.

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Latest news

MAR 2020

MAR 2020Bypass open to traffic

We’ve completed all major work on the New England Highway bypass of Scone and it is now open to traffic.

Work is still required on a number of roads and intersections over coming weeks. This includes the existing New England Highway at the southern end of town, south of Gundy Road, and at the new roundabout at the northern end of town at Makybe Diva Street. All remaining work is expected to be completed before Easter, weather permitting.

FEB 2020

FEB 2020Scone Bypass Community Walk invitation

Transport for NSW invites you to the New England Highway bypass of Scone community walk between 9am and 12pm on Saturday 29 February.

You are invited to come along and walk a section of the bypass before it opens to traffic. Take in the walk, snap some once‑in‑a‑lifetime photos and learn more about the project. A short ceremony will be held from 9am to officially open the bypass.

For more information on the Community Walk view or download the Scone Bypass Community Walk invitation (PDF, 584Kb).

JAN 2020

JAN 2020Work progressing

We’ve completed all concrete structural work for the project’s three bridges and started placing the final asphalt.

For more information on the progress of the project, view or download the January 2020 construction update (PDF, 913Kb).

Project information

The New England Highway south of Scone carries 8400 vehicles a day, peaking in town at 14,000. Around 8000 vehicles use the Kelly Street crossing every day, including 1200 heavy vehicles.

There is a poor crash history on this four kilometre section of highway, with 26 crashes in the five years to December 2015.

Following extensive community consultation and environmental assessment, the preferred route was approved in April 2016.

In March 2018, Daracon was awarded the contract for construction.

The Australian and NSW governments have committed $137 million for construction of this major upgrade.

The bypass will remove a large number of heavy vehicles from the town centre. This will result in improved:

  • traffic flow and amenity for local traffic
  • travel times for freight and long distance traffic
  • safety for all road users.

The bypass also provides an alternative route for road users wanting to travel across town unimpeded by rail operations.

Key features of the upgrade include:

  • a two lane highway bypass to the west of Scone passing between White Park and the redeveloped Scone golf course
  • three bridges - providing a grade-separated intersection at the southern end, crossing over the rail line south of Scone, and crossing over Kingdon and Liverpool streets
  • access to and from the bypass to the north and south of town and midway at St Aubins Street providing for all turning movements.

Please view or download the bypass design map.

The Environment Protection License for the project was transferred to Daracon Group on 2 July 2018.

The Environment Protection Licence and monthly environmental monitoring data for the project prior to July 2018 can be found on the Environment Protection Licence page.

Work is expected to be completed in 2020, weather permitting.

We will continue to keep stakeholders and the community informed as the project progresses.

Project documents


Contact us

For further information about this project or to register your contact details with Roads and Maritime to receive future project updates contact:

Scone bypass

Phone: 1800 870 751 (24 hours)


Mail: Scone Bypass Project Team, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.

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