The RTA has announced the proposed Bangalow southern bypass will not proceed.

A spokesperson for the RTA said the decision was made following research that showed the bypass would not be economically viable and would result in only minor improvements to the regional road network.

“This decision was not taken lightly but unfortunately the RTA could not justify the cost of the project in light of the minor benefits it would have achieved,” the RTA spokesperson said. 

A discussion paper concerning the preliminary investigations into a southern bypass of Bangalow went on display for community comment from 3 June to 15 July 2009.

A report concerning the outcomes of research into the southern bypass of Bangalow has been released and is on the RTA’s website.

It was found the marginal benefits of a southern bypass do not justify the cost of a bypass and there is no short or long-term justification for the project.

The report includes submissions made by the community.