New England Highway - Singleton bypass
Preferred bidder announced
Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.
The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.
The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.
The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).
Preferred bidder announced
A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.
Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.
ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:
Construction projects: > AUD$300m
Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m
All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million
The NSW Government is undertaking the progressive upgrade of the New England Highway, part of National Land Transport Network, which runs from the Hunter region to the Queensland border. The New England Highway bypass of Singleton will reduce congestion for Singleton, as the New England Highway currently functions as the main road through the town centre.
The preferred route of the bypass was announced in December 2016. This includes building a new section of highway west of Singleton that will reconnect to the existing New England Highway past McDougalls Hill. Tenders to develop the concept design and undertake the environmental assessment are due on 23 February 2017.
The NSW Government has allocated $92 million towards the bypass under Rebuilding NSW, plus an additional $1.5 million for planning in the 2016/17 budget.
Roads and Maritime will carry out consultation with affected landowners and key stakeholders, including Singleton Council.
The preferred route corridor will be included in Singleton Council’s Local Environment Plan, reserving the land for future construction of the bypass.
On 8 November 2017, AECOM was awarded the concept design and environmental assessment contract for the project.
The project is included under the broader New England Highway upgrade, which Infrastructure Australia identifies as a Priority Initiative on its Infrastructure Priority List.
Last reviewed: 29/03/2019