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Parkes Bypass

The Australian and NSW Governments are funding the $168 million Parkes Bypass project. The bypass seeks to improve connectivity, road transport efficiency and safety for local and interstate motorists.

Parkes Bypass Concept Design. Click for a larger version

Parkes Bypass Concept Design. Click for a larger version.

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FEB 2020

FEB 2020Submissions Report available

The concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) were on display for public comment from Monday 1 July to Friday 9 August 2019. During this time, Transport for NSW received a total of 119 submissions relating to the Parkes Bypass. All submissions made during the display period have been addressed and responded to in a Submissions Report (PDF, 6.47Mb) which is now available.

The Parkes Bypass Submissions Report relates to the REF prepared for the Parkes Bypass and summarises the issues raised as well as responses to each issue raised by the community and stakeholders. The report details further environmental investigations carried out since the finalisation of the REF as a result of changes to the proposal and identifies new or revised environmental management measures for the project.

The 2019 Parkes Bypass Community Consultation Report (PDF, 9.73Mb) is also now available. This report summarises Transport for NSW's consultation with the community and key stakeholders about the Parkes Bypass project during the display period in July and August 2019.

Project information

Transport for NSW proposes to build a new 10.5-kilometre bypass on the western outskirts of Parkes to reduce travel time, improve freight productivity and efficiency, pedestrian access through Parkes and traffic flow.

We are delivering this work as part of the $500 million Newell Highway upgrade program to support the interstate freight industry, provide economic growth, and improve access and safety along a vital transport corridor in New South Wales.

The upgrade would involve relocating the highway about two kilometres west, between Maguire Road to the north and Barkers Road to the south - a total length of 10.5 kilometres. The bypass would remove up to 1200 trucks per day from local streets and improve safety for motorists.

The Parkes Bypass will improve:

  • Freight efficiency and productivity
  • Access for high productivity vehicles (double road trains, B-triples, AB triples) through Parkes as well as providing a link to existing road train routes to the west
  • Safety of the railway level crossings
  • Travel times at Forbes Road level crossing (near Hartigan Avenue) and the Welcome level crossing
  • Pedestrian access in Parkes particularly across Bogan Street
  • Access to the Parkes Special Activation Precinct.

The new highway west of Parkes would be about 10.5 kilometres long and would include:

  • A new two-lane road (one lane in each direction) across the travelling stock reserve to the west of the golf course, from the railway line to Barkers Road
  • Four key intersections at Bogan Road, Barkers Road, London Road and a four-way roundabout at Condobolin Road
  • A bridge over the Broken Hill and Parkes-Narromine rail lines and Hartigan Avenue
  • An extension of Hartigan Avenue, connecting it with Brolgan Road and Moulden Street.

Some changes to the Parkes Bypass concept design have been confirmed following the REF and concept display period. These include:

  • Access for local vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge between Victoria Street and Back Trundle Road
  • A new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists parallel to the eastern side of the bypass, which would connect Brolgan Road, Condobolin Road and Victoria Street
  • Four new bus stops
  • Moving the intersection of the Hartigan Avenue extension and Henry Parkes Way about 100 metres west.

For more information on these changes, see the Parkes Bypass Submissions Report (PDF, 6.47Mb).

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and concept design for the Parkes Bypass were on exhibition from Monday 1 July to Friday 9 August 2019. A number of information sessions were also held in the local area. Community members and other stakeholders were invited to comment on the REF and concept design by making a submission.

A total of 119 submissions were received during the community consultation activities and exhibition of the REF and concept design. The Parkes Bypass Submissions Report has been finalised and the key matters raised included:

  • Noise and vibration
  • Property and land use
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Proposal design and options
  • Traffic, transport and access
  • Proposal need and justification.

We thank everyone for taking the time to consider the project and for providing feedback.

Transport for NSW has considered all matters raised and provided responses in a Submissions Report (PDF, 6.47Mb) for the Parkes Bypass.

All submissions from the community and stakeholders were reviewed, considered and responded to in the Parkes Bypass Submissions Report. In response to submissions and following further design development since the display of the REF, changes to the concept design have been made. The changes to the Parkes Bypass concept design are listed below:

  • Access for local vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge between Victoria Street and Back Trundle Road
  • A new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists parallel to the eastern side of the bypass, which would connect Brolgan Road, Condobolin Road and Victoria Street
  • Four new bus stops
  • Moving the intersection of the Hartigan Avenue extension and Henry Parkes Way about 100 metres west.

The Parkes Bypass Submissions Report has been finalised and the REF determined, inclusive of these changes. Transport for NSW as the determining authority will consider the information in the REF and submissions report and make a decision whether or not to proceed with the proposal. The determination allows Transport for NSW to continue planning for the Parkes Bypass project, including starting the detailed design.

We are committed to keeping the community and stakeholders informed as the project progresses. Where a decision is made to proceed with the proposal, Transport for NSW will continue to consult with the community and stakeholders before and during the construction phase.

 

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