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Crucial Coal Road connection a step closer to reality


Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell is promising to fund the Coal Road connection for the long-awaited Muswellbrook Bypass project.

That’s on one condition… if the NSW Liberals and Nationals claim victory in the NSW Election on 25 March.

Even though early works on the development are well underway, the latest financial pledge – almost $10 million – will significantly improve access between the bypass and the town’s CBD.

“It was the NSW Nationals who requested Transport for NSW go back to the drawing board, when designing the Muswellbrook Bypass, to allow for a future connection at Coal Road,” Mr Layzell said.

“So, if we’re re-elected, we’ll invest an additional $9.5 million to build the link.

“This project will keep the Hunter moving forward by cutting congestion and improving safety for the 10,000 motorists, including our truckies, who use this route each day.

“Another advantage of the connection will be improved access for emergency services including NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Ambulance and NSW Police.

“The message from the Muswellbrook community is clear.

“They want the Coal Road connection for easier access between the bypass and the CBD… and that’s what we’ll deliver.”

In April 2021, the NSW Nationals backed the project to be included in the concept design phase of planning for the Muswellbrook Bypass and to co-fund local road upgrades in conjunction with Muswellbrook Shire Council.

Transport for NSW then made the subsequent alterations.

“The $9.5 million the NSW Nationals are committing to the bypass is all about future-proofing the Coal Road connection to enable the best link with the Muswellbrook CBD,” Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said.

“It will also allow for the potential development of industrial land close to the New England Highway.

“I have been in discussions with Dave (Layzell) and Muswellbrook Shire Council for a number of months to fine-tune this enhancement to the project.”

The $340 million Muswellbrook Bypass is jointly-funded by the Australian and NSW governments.

Construction of the New England Highway bypasses of Muswellbrook and Singleton are expected to create more than 2,000 jobs.

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