Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Major work on New England Highway Scone bypass in full swing

Media Release

MM091/2018

04 July 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon Melinda Pavey MP

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Member for Oxley

The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

Federal Member for New England

Michael Johnsen MP

NSW Member for Upper Hunter

Major construction has started on the two-lane New England Highway bypass of Scone with the delivery of 27-metre long concrete bridge girders

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the bypass would ensure Scone and the region continued to thrive.

“Around Australia, the Liberal and Nationals' Government is investing in making sure people can get home sooner and safer, and the Scone bypass is another part of this nationwide plan,” Mr McCormack said.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the Scone bypass will help boost productivity.

“The Scone bypass will create a more efficient road network and better freight movement, reducing the number of heavy vehicles using the Kelly Street level crossing and entering town,” Mrs Pavey said.

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the separation of highway and local traffic would also increase safety.

“This is a section of road with a patchy safety history, with 26 crashes occurring between 2010 and 2015. The four-kilometre section to be bypassed will separate highway and local traffic, providing significant safety benefits and making it safer for all travellers throughout the region,” Mr Joyce said.

NSW Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said the bypass would provide an alternative route for motorists wanting to travel across Scone unrestricted and would be particularly important for emergency services.

“Long-haul heavy vehicle operators and other road users will be able to avoid rail crossings during their journeys and emergency services will have an unimpeded path when responding to emergencies west of Scone,” Mr Johnsen said.

Site access, fencing and environmental controls are currently underway. Earthworks are expected to start this month and the project is expected to be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.

Normal work times will be between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday.

The Scone Bypass is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments, with the Australian Government contributing $65 million and the NSW Government contributing $72 million.