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From: Bill Howey <email@example.com>
Cc: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’; CURE Mark <Mark.CURE@rms.nsw.gov.au>
Title: Positive Plaudits
Dear Phil, Mark et al
I have just received notification of the ‘Start of work on the New England Bypass of Scone’.
I am absolutely thrilled! I have watched the video fly-through animation of the bypass. It’s brilliant! I can hardly believe we have reached this stage of the third great transport infrastructure creation in our history. The building of the ‘Great North Road 1826 – 1832’ (Governor Darling) and the arrival of the Railway in 1871 (Governor Lord Belmore) are the other two. How lucky we are! I hope to stay alive long enough to witness the bypass in action!
I reiterate what I have written so many times before: that the Bypass when constructed and fully operational delivers all the outcomes we set out to achieve almost 20 years ago viz.:
- Remove heavy (and other) vehicles from Kelly Street
- Provide unfettered access for emergency vehicles (and other) East/West over the railway line.
Very many thanks indeed for your ongoing stamina, persistence and perseverance on our behalf. It only remains for me to convince my erstwhile ‘recusant’ colleagues on the UHSC that this is the optimal (and only) solution!
W. P. Howey
PO Box 509
2 Shaw Street
SCONE NSW 2337
Tel: 6545 1859 0408 685 296
Contract awarded for the delivery of the New England Highway Bypass at Scone
Featured Image: Kelly Street Scone courtesy of Scone Advocate
THE New England Highway Bypass at Scone is another step closer to reality. It’s another pivotal stage along the way which began with the establishment of Scone Traffic Action Group (STAG) in 2002. ‘Without a plan you plan to fail’. We came with a firm plan and some sound statistical reasoning.
Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce today announced the award of the construction contract to Daracon Group for the delivery of the project.
Mr Joyce said the two-lane highway bypass to the west of Scone will provide a vital link in New England’s road network and provide significant advantages to heavy vehicle operators in the electorate.
“This $120 million project is helping build a corridor of commerce in the New England from the Queensland border to Aberdeen and ultimately, on through to Newcastle and Sydney, and this bypass is a vital section of that,” he said.
“It works hand in glove with projects like the Tenterfield heavy vehicle bypass, the Bolivia Hill realignment as well as numerous other resealing and resurfacing works stretching the length of the New England Highway.
“I also want to thank local state member Michael Johnsen for the hard work he has done to help get this project off the ground.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the bypass construction will feature three bridges and provide major benefits to long-haul heavy vehicle operators and residents and visitors to the town.
“The Scone Bypass will remove a large number of heavy vehicles from the town centre and improve travel times and safety for all road users,” Mr McCormack said.
“Around 8,000 vehicles, including around 1,200 heavy vehicles, use the Kelly Street level crossing in Scone’s central business district every day.
“Substantially reducing these volumes of vehicles will provide huge safety and amenity benefits.”
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, said the four-kilometre section of highway to be bypassed had a poor crash history with 26 crashes recorded in the five years to December 2015.
“The new bypass will help address rising road and rail volumes as well as associated safety issues,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Several design changes were made as a result of feedback received during the December 2015 environmental assessment. These changes will further improve road safety, connectivity and access for local businesses.”
New South Wales Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said construction was expected to start mid-2018 and be completed in late 2020, weather permitting.
“The Australian and New South Wales Governments will continue to keep the community and stakeholders informed as the project progresses,” Mr Johnsen said.
Access to the bypass would be at the north and south of Scone as well as at St Aubins Street with all access points accommodating all turning directions, providing an alternative route for road users wanting to travel across town unrestricted by rail operations and will be particularly important for emergency services.
The Australian and New South Wales Governments have committed $120 million to fund the New England Highway bypass of Scone.