Traffic congestion on New England Highway at Singleton

New England Highway bypass of Singleton

Transport for NSW 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 $2.7 million in 2019-20 to continue development of the project.

Latest news

FEB 2020

FEB 2020Submissions closed - concept design and REF

The public display has now closed for the concept design and review of environmental factors (REF) for the Singleton Bypass.

Thank you to the community members who took the time to consider our proposal and provide feedback.

We will now prepare a submissions report, which includes feedback received from the community and our responses.

The community will be informed when the report is published in the coming months.

Click on our new interactive web portal to take a virtual tour of the proposed bypass design and read about the project in more detail.

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

Project information

The New England Highway is part of the inland Sydney to Brisbane National Land Transport Network and the primary route connecting the Upper Hunter with Maitland and Newcastle.

The highway passes through the centre of Singleton and carries around 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3700 heavy vehicles, each day.

Traffic volumes are predicted to increase in the next 25 years. The planned bypass of Singleton would improve the movement of freight and journeys for current and future traffic demands.

A preferred option for the bypass was announced in 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 Hilll.

Transport for NSW invited feedback from the community about the Singleton bypass concept design and REF from December 2019 until March 2020.

The public display has now closed and we are preparing a submissions report outlining feedback received from the community and our responses.

We will continue working with the community and stakeholders during the planning process to understand issues and minimise potential impacts.

Transport for NSW is preparing a submissions report summarising and providing a response to submissions received for the proposal.

The submissions report will outline any changes to the proposal in response to the submissions and other feedback during the display period.

The community will continue to be informed during the development and construction of the proposal.

Transport for NSW will also continue to consult with Singleton Council as well as other relevant stakeholders and government agencies as the proposal develops.

Project documents

Project updates

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December 2019 project update

New England Highway – Singleton bypass.

August 2018 project update

New England Highway – Singleton bypass.

December 2016 project update

New England Highway bypass at Singleton - Preferred route option.



Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 991 254 (during business hours)


Mail: Joel Rosendahl, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.

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