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Transport for NSW has proposed the Coffs Harbour Bypass, a 14-kilometre bypass of the Coffs Harbour urban area, from Englands Road in the south to Sapphire in the north. The proposal is part of the Pacific Highway Upgrade project and will be funded by the Australian and NSW governments.


The Bypass is identified as Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.


A preferred concept design for the Bypass was released in 2018, and community feedback informed key refinements made in 2019, which included lowering the gradients of the bypass and incorporating three tunnels at Roberts Hill, Shephards Lane and Gateleys Road.


The concept design informed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which was exhibited in October 2019. TfNSW reviewed all submissions and prepared a Response to Submissions (RTS) report. The RTS addresses concerns or issues raised by the community, councils or government agencies during the exhibition period.


View the RTS



An Amendment Report has also been produced to reflect changes to the concept design, as informed by feedback from stakeholders, the community and submissions received during the EIS exhibition. The amendments include:

  • revised Englands Road interchange and Korora Hill interchanges and a new set of traffic lights at the Charlesworth Bay Drive intersection
  • refinements to floodplain management
  • formalisation of the Coramba Road bus stop arrangements and a revised Kororo Public School bus interchange and relocation of the Luke Bowen Bridge
  • revised construction traffic management
  • new and revised ancillary facilities to support the delivery of the project.


View the Amendment Report


The department will independently assess the application based on the EIS, the RTS, the Amendment Report, and community, council and government agency submissions.


Once assessment is complete, we will make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces for final determination.


Community Consultative Committee

A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) has been established by the project for the Coffs Harbour Bypass to provide a forum for discussion with representatives of the Coffs Harbour community, stakeholder groups and the local council on issues directly relating to the project.


The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has appointed Dr Colin Gellatly (AO) as the independent chair of the Coffs Harbour Bypass CCC. 


More information

To find out more about the Coffs Harbour Bypass you can:

  • visit the Transport for NSW Coffs Harbour Bypass project page.
  • visit our Major Projects website to view project documents and sign up for project updates on the Coffs Harbour Bypass.
  • call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language and you require an interpreter, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to 1300 305 695.


Coffs Harbour Bypass proposed route


Note: click on the map to view a larger version.

Map of Coffs Harbour Bypass route (June 2020). 

Image source: Transport for NSW.


Banner image caption: Artist Impression of proposed Shephards Lane tunnel (Coffs Harbour Bypass). Source: Transport for NSW.


Page last updated: 26/06/2020