Artist impression of the proposed Muswellbrook Bypass southern connection, looki

Muswellbrook bypass – New England Highway

The Australian and NSW Governments are investing $340 million to deliver a New England Highway bypass of Muswellbrook. The bypass would improve travel times, freight efficiency and safety for all road users.

Latest news

JUN 2022

JUN 2022Submissions report now available

The Submissions Report for the Muswellbrook bypass project is now available to view.

The report summarises issues raised during the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and design display, and Transport for NSW responses provided.

Following $4 million of funding for the strategic assessment phase, the NSW Government is investing an additional $67.2 million which compliments the Australian Government’s $268.8 million investment, totalling $340 million to build the bypass.

View the Submissions Report (PDF, 38Mb).

When complete, the bypass will provide a major boost for freight travelling through the region while reducing heavy vehicles in the Muswellbrook Town Centre will improve safety.

Transport would like to thank all stakeholders and community members who commented on the concept design and review of environmental factors (REF) for the Muswellbrook bypass.

The feedback will help inform the final design and the community will be kept updated about the progress of work.

Please view the June 2022 project update (PDF, 227Kb) for more information.

Project information

The highway currently passes through the centre of Muswellbrook. It is predominately a two lane road, restricted by numerous intersections, varying speed limits and nearby buildings with minimal setback from the road. The highway carries between 11,000 and 20,000 vehicles through the township each day, about 13 per cent being heavy vehicles.

The proposed bypass would reduce the volume of heavy vehicles travelling through Muswellbrook, improving safety and amenity in the township. The proposal would improve travel times by providing a free flow 100 kilometre per hour alternative route.

The preferred route corridor for the bypass was published in July 2018 and a preferred option for the bypass was announced in November 2020. The preferred option included a refined alignment of the bypass south of Coal Road, and full southern and northern connections with the existing New England Highway. Feedback received on the preferred option was considered to further refine and prepare the concept design and environmental assessment for the bypass.

The bypass would have significant benefits including:

  • Improve network efficiency on the New England Highway, particularly travel times for long haul freight movements
  • Improve safety for all road users in the town centre, particularly relating to heavy and light vehicle interactions
  • Improve amenity of Muswellbrook township.

Transport for NSW will continue to consult with property owners, residents and other impacted stakeholders and keep the community informed as the project progresses.

We will start early enabling work in late 2022 and continue developing the detailed design for the main work, which is due to start in 2023 and be completed in 2027.

Project documents

Project updates

Show filesHide files
File Title Size
November 2021 project update

Concept design and review of environmental factors display.

October 2021 project update

Community feedback on preferred option.

November 2020 project update

Preferred Option November 2020.

February 2019 project update

New England Highway – Muswellbrook bypass.


Review of environmental factors

Show filesHide files
File Title Size
November 2021 Muswellbrook bypass review of environmental factors

Muswellbrook bypass – New England Highway

Appendix A

Biodiversity Assessment Report

Appendix B

Socio economic working paper

Appendix D

ISEPP Consultation

Appendix E

Flood Assessment

Appendix F

Mining Assessment Report

Appendix G

Government agencies and stakeholder consultation

Appendix H

Consideration of clause 228(2) factors and Matters of National Environmental Significance and Commonwealth Land

Appendix I

Surface and Groundwater Assessment

Appendix J

Phase I - Contamination Assessment

Appendix K

Traffic and Options Modelling Report

Appendix L

Noise and Vibration Technical Report

Appendix M

Heritage Assessment and Statement of Heritage Impact

Appendix N

Air Quality Impact Assessment Methodology and Data

Appendix O

Landscape Character and Visual Impact Assessment



Show filesHide files
File Title Size
September 2021 Community Consultation report 4.74Mb
July 2018 options report

New England Highway Muswellbrook Bypass.


Media releases

Show filesHide files
File Title Size
16 April 2021

Community feedback delivers better bypasses for Singleton amd Muswellbrook

November 2020 - Have your say on the Muswellbrook Bypass 24.8Kb
December 2019 - Muswellbrook Bypass takes a step forward 23.8Kb


Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 517 222 (business hours)


Mail: Muswellbrook bypass project team, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300

Share this page: