Planning progresses for $90 million Scone Bypass

Media Release

WT206/2014

14 October 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

Major works are on the horizon for the New England Highway Scone Bypass with GHD today awarded the contract to prepare the concept design and environmental assessment.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the jointly funded project would see the Australian and New South Wales Governments each provide $45 million towards the project.

“Ground survey work and traffic studies have recently been completed with further investigations for the Scone Bypass underway,” Mr Truss said.

“The project involves building a two lane highway bypass of Scone and will feature a bridge over the rail line.

“GHD Pty Ltd will start developing the concept design, carry out traffic modelling and undertake flood and hydrological investigations.

“The New England Highway serves as an vital alternate route to the Pacific Highway for heavy transport from Sydney to Brisbane.

“The Bypass will increase road capacity for heavy vehicles travelling long distances as part of the Sydney-Brisbane link.”

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the environmental impact assessment would investigate any adverse effects to flora and fauna and noise, as well as air and water quality.

“The assessment will also identify the environmental impact to private and public property along the planned Bypass route,” Mr Gay said.

“The concept design and environmental assessment will be available for community and stakeholders to comment late next year.

“This is another example of the Australian and New South Wales Government's working together to provide vital infrastructure for the region.”

NSW Member for the Upper Hunter George Souris said this was another example of the NSW Government delivering vital infrastructure for the region.

The bypass received strong community support during the November 2012 and May 2013 options displays, and will increase road safety and reduce travel times for residents of regional New South Wales.

The $90 million Scone bypass will support freight and long distance travel as part of the Sydney-Brisbane National Land Transport corridor.