NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has announced that the Singleton bypass is moving a step closer with the release of a concept design and review of environmental factors (REF) for community feedback.

Mr Johnsen said the bypass would address current and future traffic demands, easing congestion and improving journeys for motorists and freight.

“We currently have 26,000 vehicles, including more than 3700 trucks, passing through Singleton every day. The bypass will remove up to 15,000 vehicles a day from the CBD, transforming the centre of this community,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Road users will enjoy increased journey reliability, avoiding up to five sets of lights and reducing their travel time by six minutes, compared to the existing route through town, and much more in peak times.

“The bypass will also deliver greater freight efficiencies and productivity.”

The community can visit the interactive portal which can be found here. In the portal you can take a virtual tour of the new bypass route, view maps, videos and find out more information about the project, as well as submit any questions or comments you have.

NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the New England Highway was part of the inland Sydney to Brisbane National Land Transport Network and the primary route connecting the Upper Hunter with Maitland and Newcastle.

“The bypass involves building a new section of highway across the floodplain west of Singleton, starting near Newington Lane and rejoining the New England Highway north of McDougalls Hill,” Mr Toole said.

“The concept design and REF have been completed and we now want the community to have their say.

“Community feedback is being invited until Sunday, March 1.”

Transport for NSW is providing an extended display period to give the community every chance to put in a submission before the March closing date.