Traffic congestion on New England Highway at Singleton

New England Highway bypass of Singleton

Transport for NSW is planning for a future New England Highway bypass of Singleton to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety through Singleton town centre by reduced traffic including heavy freight.

The Australian Government has committed $560 million and the NSW Government $140 million to build the Singleton bypass.

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APR 2022

APR 2022Field investigations, New England Highway, McDougalls Hill

Field investigations are being carried out at McDougalls Hill from early May to inform the future construction of the New England Highway bypass of Singleton.

The Field investigations involve geotechnical sampling and seismic testing for the purposes of obtaining key geological data that will inform the detailed design and construction methodology of the bypass in this location.

Work is expected to take three weeks, weather permitting. Single lane closures and a 40km/h speed limit will be in place southbound when moving machinery into position, which may affect travel times

We expect to start construction in late 2022 and be completed by late 2026.

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.

The highway passes through the centre of Singleton and carries around 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3700 heavy vehicles, each day.

Traffic volumes are predicted to increase in the next 25 years. The planned bypass of Singleton would improve the movement of freight and journeys for current and future traffic demands.

A preferred option for the bypass was announced in 2016 and involves building a new section of highway west of Singleton across the floodplain, starting near Newington Lane and rejoining the New England Highway north of McDougalls Hill.

The project was approved in August 2020.

Transport for NSW invited feedback from the community about the Singleton bypass concept design and REF from December 2019 until March 2020.

The public display has now closed and a Submissions report (PDF, 20Mb) outlining feedback received from the community and our responses has been developed.

We will continue working with the community and stakeholders during the planning process to understand issues and minimise potential impacts

The concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) were on display for public comment from Wednesday 18 December 2019 to Sunday 1 March 2020.

During this time, Transport for NSW received a total of 154 submissions relating to the New England highway bypass of Singleton. All submissions made during the display period have been addressed and responded to in a Submissions report (PDF, 20Mb).

The New England Highway bypass of Singleton Submissions Report relates to the REF prepared for the bypass and summarises the issues raised as well as responses to each issue raised by the community, stakeholders and government agencies.

The community will continue to be informed during the development and construction of the project.

Transport for NSW will also continue to consult with Singleton Council as well as other relevant stakeholders and government agencies as the project progresses.

Media releases

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16 April 2021

Community feedback delivers better bypasses for Singleton and Muswellbrook

20 January 2021

Momentum builds for Singleton bypass

24 November 2020

Singleton Bypass locked in to bust bottleneck

10 August 2020

Planning for Singleton Bypass moves ahead



Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 991 254 (during business hours)


Mail: Joel Rosendahl, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.

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