Upper Hunter Shire Council has urged residents to study carefully Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) latest plans for the $90 million Scone Bypass.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood said Council is disappointed the recently released plans for the Scone Bypass on the New England Highway and options for the in-town overpass, do not address long standing concerns with the design.
Council’s concerns with the latest plan include:
- Access to and from the bypass to the north and south of town does NOT provide for all turning movements, as RMS claims in the proposal.
- There is no option to keep heavy traffic heading to the Scone Saleyards and abattoir, out of the township.
- The northern and southern connections to Scone have been altered from previous plans without appropriate discussion with Council.
Previous proposals that Council has raised, that continue to be disregarded by RMS include:
- A maximum 80km/hr speed limit on the bypass
- Roundabouts at each end of the bypass
- A better connection at Liverpool Street for vehicles coming from the west heading north.
“Council will prepare another submission about these concerns and the other environmental issues, seeking better outcomes, than the one that has been presented,” Cr Bedggood said.
“Council will also present a fourth overpass option, to the three options that RMS has proposed.
“We urge the community to take an interest in the plans. If the design doesn’t get heavy traffic out of the township and improve access across the rail line, this will all be for nothing.
“We need a bypass design that will improve local traffic, safety and urban amenity through reduced noise, lower emissions and less traffic.
“Council has been involved in the process and has been working toward a solution with RMS, but it appears from Council’s point of view that our requests have been considered and then set aside,” Cr Bedggood said.
“We are concerned about the long-term implications of the proposed plans and in particular the impact on the locals that will have to live with the final design,” Cr Bedggood.
“Council does not endorse the current Scone Bypass plans.”
The RMS Scone Bypass proposal if available on the RMS website www.rms.nsw.gov.au.
RMS community drop-in information sessions on the proposal will be held at Scone Motor Inn on:
- Thursday 21 January 2016, 3pm to 7pm
- Thursday 4 February 2016, 3pm to 7pm and Thursday 21 January 2016, 10am to 2pm.