New England Highway upgrade




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New England Highway - Muswellbrook Bypass
New England Highway - Singleton bypass
New England Highway upgrade
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Construction projects: > AUD$300m

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All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million


STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

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 upgrade comprises a variety of safety improvements, road widenings and bypasses. Major projects that are part of the upgrade include the Muswellbrook Bypass and Singleton Bypass.

$83.6 million was provided in the 2018-19 NSW Budget towards the upgrade.

The New England Highway upgrade is identified by Infrastructure Australia as a Priority Initiative on its Infrastructure Priority List. 



Last reviewed: 29/03/2019

New England Highway - Muswellbrook Bypass


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 New England Highway - Muswellbrook Bypass

STATUS: Credibly proposed
VALUE: $285M AUD
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

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 Muswellbrook Bypass will see the New England Highway pass to the north east of Muswellbrook.

NSW Roads and Maritme Services (RMS) first studied options for the New England Highway to bypass Muswellbrook in 1998. An original preferred corridor was selected in 2005 with the option included in the Muswellbrook Local Environment Plan in 2009. However that option has since been deemed not economically viable.

As such, more recently RMS developed an Options Report for the bypass corridor which was published in July 2018. The report's preferred option comprises at 9.1 kilometre bypass, departing from the existing New England Highway near Milpera Drive and running north east of Muswellbrook before re-connecting with the Highway circa 1.2 kilometres north of Sandy Creek Road.

The option, which represents a revision of the original preferred corridor selected in 2005, was found to have a benefit cost ratio of 1.3 and a cost of $285 million.

RMS is preparing a business case for the project.

$68 million has been allocated to the project through the Rebuilding NSW Infrastructure Plan, with a further $2 million allocated in FY2018-19 for planning.

The 2019-20 NSW Budget allocated $11 million over four years to the project, out of a $266 million total commitment.

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: 01/07/2019

New England Highway - Singleton bypass


PROJECT
PIPELINE
STATUS

Prospective pipeline

Credibly proposed

Announced

Under procurement

Preferred bidder announced

Recently closed
 New England Highway - Singleton bypass

STATUS: Credibly proposed
VALUE: $550M AUD
SECTOR: Road
JURISDICTION: NSW
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

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

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