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Tenders called for $450m fifth section of Newcastle Inner City Bypass

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Tenders for the $450 million fifth section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass – between Rankin Park and Jesmond – have now been called.

Transport for NSW sought registrations of interest in early 2021, with John Holland Pty Ltd; Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd; and NEWLink – BMD Constructions Pty Ltd and Ditchfield Contracting Pty Ltd Joint Venture making the shortlist.

The process will remain open for 12 weeks until Friday 17 December.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government had devoted $360 million to build the section of road, as part of its record $110 billion 10-year infrastructure pipeline.

“We’re committed to busting congestion and reducing travel times through this multi-million-dollar investment in the Newcastle Inner City Bypass,” the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development explained.

“Once the bypass is complete, commuters will enjoy up to an 80% reduction in travel times during the morning and afternoon peaks, bypassing 11 sets of traffic lights between Rankin Park and Jesmond.”

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the state government had pledged $90 million towards the project, which is expected to create up to 900 jobs during major works.

“The Newcastle Inner City Bypass has been designed to remove up to 30,000 vehicles each day from Lookout Road, Croudace Street and Newcastle Road,” he stated.

“So, it will truly return local roads to local residents.

“Utility relocation is continuing at the southern end of the bypass route, with the early works expected to be completed by July 2022.”

Senator for NSW Hollie Hughes said the bypass was an important congestion-busting project for one of the busiest roads in the region.

“I welcome the federal government’s continued commitment alongside the NSW Government to bring this development to fruition,” she added.

Transport for NSW is working closely with NSW Health to ensure the project aligns with work on the John Hunter Health Innovation Precinct.

The tender for Rankin Park to Jesmond is expected to be awarded early next year, with construction starting in the second half of 2022. The bypass is scheduled to open to traffic in 2025.

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