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What Council wants from Scone bypass design

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Upper Hunter Shire Council’s submission to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) says the proposed Scone bypass and overpass plans do not meet the proposal objectives.

An extraordinary Council meeting yesterday (29 February) unanimously supported Council’s 11 page submission and resolved to pursue meetings with State and Federal Ministers to discuss Council’s concerns with the plans.

Mayor Bedggood said that even though Council will not make the final design decisions, they will continue to advocate for the best design and most advantageous outcomes.

“Since 2007 Council has continued to write to Ministers and other officials seeking a resolution to the problem of trains bisecting Scone, “ Cr Bedggood said.

“Almost a decade later the proposed plans still do not achieve unimpeded access for emergency vehicles during the years it will take to build the bypass.

“Unfortunately the bypass and overpass do not require development consent from Council, “ Cr Bedggood said.

“Even during the RMS’s most recent community consultations that closed on 19 February, Council received a considerable number of submissions and comments about the proposed bypass direct from members of the public. We are passing these on to RMS.”

Council’s submission outlines a number of other concerns with the proposed plans including:

  • Speed limits
  • Lack of connectivity with the bypass
  • Impacts on business, tourism, environment and heritage.

Submission to RMS covering letter
Submission to RMS – New England Highway Bypass of Scone and Rail Overpass