Artist impression of the proposed Muswellbrook Bypass southern connection, looki

Muswellbrook bypass – New England Highway

The NSW Government is delivering a New England Highway bypass of Muswellbrook. The bypass would improve travel times for long haul freight movements and safety for all road users.

Latest news

OCT 2021

OCT 2021Community Consultation report

Transport for NSW thanks the community for providing feedback on the preferred option for the proposed New England Highway bypass of Muswellbrook.

Feedback has been addressed and responded to in a community consultation report (PDF, 4.74Mb).

A summary is available in the October 2021 project update notification (PDF, 209Kb).

The concept design and environmental assessment for the proposal is being finalised and will be displayed for feedback in late 2021.

Project information

The New England Highway is part of the inland Sydney to Brisbane National Land Transport Network and the primary route connecting the Upper Hunter with Maitland and Newcastle.

In 1998 Roads and Maritime carried out a route selection study for a proposed Muswellbrook bypass. Three options were displayed from December 2000 to February 2001. These options are no longer viable, largely due to mining activities in the area.

The Australian Government selected a preferred option for the route in 2005. In 2009 the preferred route corridor was included in Muswellbrook’s LEP and preserved for the future bypass.

The New England Highway Muswellbrook Bypass Options Report reaffirms the corridor preserved in Muswellbrook’s LEP, with minor route changes to improve the economic viability of the option.

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.

The concept design and environmental assessment for the proposal is being finalised and will be displayed for feedback in late 2021.

We will continue to keep stakeholders and the community updated as the proposal progresses.

Project documents

Project updates

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October 2021 project update 209Kb
November 2020 project update

Preferred Option November 2020.

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February 2019 project update

New England Highway – Muswellbrook bypass.

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Media releases

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16 April 2021

Community feedback delivers better bypasses for Singleton amd Muswellbrook

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November 2020 - Have your say on the Muswellbrook Bypass 25.1Kb
December 2019 - Muswellbrook Bypass takes a step forward 24.2Kb

Reports

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September 2021 Community Consultation report 4.74Mb
July 2018 options report

New England Highway Muswellbrook Bypass.

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Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 517 222 (business hours)

Email: Muswellbrook.Bypass@aecom.com

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

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