‘Corridor of commerce’ completed, set to divert heavy vehicles

A new bypass finished ahead of schedule along the New England Highway in Scone, NSW will increase safety and efficiencies for commercial vehicles while moving them away from the town centre according to the Federal Government.

The new 'corridor of commerce' through the Upper Hunter and New England region is five-kilometres in length and is expected to reduce travel times for freight and long-distance traffic.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the bypass would change the way people moved in and around Scone.

“We’re giving local streets back to local communities, with the new bypass taking a large number of heavy vehicles from the town centre,” he said.

“Until now, highway traffic passed through Scone along the main road access to the town which is also the main street through the central business district.

“The New England Highway south of Scone carries 8400 vehicles a day, which means those looking to continue their journey without stopping will no longer need to travel through the town centre.”

Two years in the making, the two-lane bypass opens to traffic next week.

It incorporates three bridges and an a grade-separated intersection at the southern end.

The $137 million Scone Bypass project is jointly funded by the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government ($65 million) and the NSW Government ($72 million).

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