singleton town centre - Stage 2 upgrade

The modernisation of John Street is spreading, with the $7 million Town Centre - Stage 2 Upgrade set to continue Singleton’s transformation as a destination for retail, dining, recreation and leisure.

The  project encompasses John Street from the Ryan Avenue intersection north to Campbell Street, and from Campbell Street to the New England Highway to enhance the gateways to the Town Centre from the highway as well as improve traffic flows and pedestrian connectivity. A key part of the project will also be consideration for improvements to address the safety of school buses exiting from Elizabeth Street onto John Street. 

Council has engaged SMEC Australia Pty Ltd to undertake investigations to inform a concept design, leading to detailed design, which will allow Council to call for construction tenders. Construction works are anticipated to commence in early 2020. 

Activities conducted so far include traffic counts, geotechnical investigation, survey and utility searches. 

The area includes an archaeological site at the roundabout near the Dunolly Bridge, which is recognised as the location of the former Singleton Inn. This site is a recognised archaeological site in Council’s Local Environment Plan for its heritage significance, and consideration of the proposed works on the heritage values of the site will form part of the consultation and inform design outcomes.

Stage 2 will continue the distinctive landscape and urban design themes from Stage 1. Key objectives are to instil civic pride and encourage residents and visitors to come to John Street for a range of reasons including shopping, dining, leisure and recreation.

Key components of the Stage 2 upgrade include:

  • Enhancement of the gateways to the Town Centre
  • New street lighting
  • Undergrounding of power lines
  • New landscaping and street furniture
  • Assessment of several intersections and potential upgrades
  • Improvements in traffic safety
  • Traffic and parking management
  • Footpath improvement
  • Improvements to pedestrian connectivity
  • Enhancement of pedestrian access for all abilities
  • Assessment of and potential improvements to the storm-water network
  • Assessment of and potential improvement to road pavement 

The  project is funded in partnership by Singleton Council and the RestartNSW Resources for Regions program.

The 50% concept design is scheduled to be available in September 2019. The design will be available for community comment and feedback. 

Council will also work closely with property owners and businesses as the project progresses to ensure minimal impacts during construction.

For further information, contact Singleton Council on T 02 6578 7290 or E council@singleton.nsw.gov.au with Town Centre Upgrade in the subject line.