Muswellbrook bypass REF web portal

The public display has now closed for the Muswellbrook Bypass project review of environmental factors (REF).Thank you to the community members who took the time to provide feedback.

A submissions report, which includes feedback from the community and Transport for NSW responses, will be published in the coming months.

Information about the project, including an interactive map and full REF report can be found on this portal.


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Project overview

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

The New England Highway is a major freight and commuter route forming part of the Sydney to Brisbane corridor of the National Land Transport Network and the primary route connecting the Upper Hunter with Newcastle. The highway currently passes through Muswellbrook, forming the main road access through the town. The route is restricted by numerous intersections 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.

A bypass of Muswellbrook would remove conflicts between local and through vehicles, significantly improving the efficiency of through freight movements along the New England Highway, while also improving safety and local amenity in Muswellbrook.

Project benefits

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