Busselton Outer Bypass (BOB) Planning Study

 

Progress on the Busselton Outer Bypass study

Main Roads is continuing a planning study to finalise the alignment for the future Busselton Outer Bypass (BOB) between Sues Road, east of Busselton and Bussell Highway, Vasse Newtown.

We have now progressed two key planning studies to prepare a design concept and define the road reservations for the future Busselton Outer Bypass and Vasse Dunsborough Link.

Community and landowner consultation is underway, and a project newsletter is available for download. The concepts are shown in this newsletter, providing an overall view for landowners, residents, businesses and community groups throughout the Busselton and Dunsborough communities.

Main Roads invites interested stakeholders to comment on these concepts. Once comments have been received and analysed, final plans for both road links will be prepared so that the road reservation can be included in the City of Busselton’s Town Planning Scheme.  

This study is being done in conjunction with the City of Busselton and the Department of Planning.

 

Study Background

Throughout September and October 2011, a community consultation program was conducted to gain feedback on options for the future BOB. This was part of the planning study by Main Roads to define the general corridor alignment for the future BOB.

Meetings were held with landowners on request. The outcomes of consultation are included in the Project Overview: Busselton Outer Bypass Planning Study August 2011 . The brochure was distributed throughout Busselton and surrounding areas to gain community, business and road user feedback on two alignment options – the Blue Option and the Yellow Option.

Following the assessment of feedback, the Shire of Busselton endorsed the Blue Option as the preferred general corridor alignment in December 2011. In March 2012, the Western Australian Planning Commission’s South West Region Planning Committee met and resolved to approve the adoption of the Blue Option to guide future planning of the BOB. Therefore, the Yellow Option will not be considered any further.

Main Roads has continued with more detailed planning to develop a preferred planning design concept and reservation for the future BOB. This work is now open for consultation with directly affected landowners, the community and key stakeholders. There is no funding at this stage to build the outer bypass.

 

Study Concept

The key aspects of the concept plan include:

  • The BOB is being planned as a four lane freeway standard road between Sues Road and Marbellup Road, with provision for a future transit route in the central median.
  • The section to the west of Marbellup Road is being planned as a four lane divided highway.
  • The BOB connects with the Vasse Dunsborough Link to the north.
  • Grade separated interchanges are planned at Bussell Highway east /Sues Road, Vasse Highway, Ambergate and Bussell Highway west/Marbellup Road.
  • The Ambergate interchange will serve Ambergate North and areas to the south. Local roads will connect the interchange cross-road to Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Chapman Hill Road to distribute traffic on the road network.
  • Chapman Hill Road and Kaloorup Road will pass over the BOB with no connection.
  • Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Boallia Road will be closed either side of the BOB.
  • At-grade intersections will be provided at North Jindong Road (southern side only) and at the Carbunup townsite access to the east.
     

Why the Busselton Outer Bypass is needed

The proposed BOB was initially identified in the Leeuwin Naturaliste Region Plan (SPC 1987), and included in the Busselton Urban Growth Strategy (1999).  The Shire of Busselton is one of the fastest growing local authorities in regional Australia and the fastest in WA outside the Perth metropolitan area.

Continued traffic growth on the existing Busselton Bypass will result in delays, congestion and reduced safety for road users.  Planning for a BOB will cater for the expected future traffic volumes, and the existing bypass will operate as a district distributor road for local traffic. 

The BOB aims to:

  • Remove regional traffic from the inner Busselton area;
  • Provide an alternative to the existing bypass for the expected future increase in traffic movements;
  • Improve connectivity to Vasse Newtown and the proposed Vasse-Dunsborough route;
  • Allow for land use development and growth; 
  • Provide a high standard, free flowing route for traffic not needing to travel through the existing developed areas along the current Busselton Bypass and Caves Road; and
  • Minimise impact on environmental and heritage areas.

How can I be involved?

Main Roads is now consulting with directly affected landowners, the community and key stakeholders to develop a preferred planning design concept and reservation for the future BOB.

In the meantime, community queries about the BOB study can be directed to:

Carolyn Walker, Community Relations Consultant
Phone: (08) 9450 1445
Email: carolyn.walker@mainroads.wa.gov.au

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Modified: 16 Jun 2015