CBD along the foreshore is forging ahead, with detailed planning and early works now underway.
Minister for Active Transport Rob Stokes said an interactive map detailing a draft route had been released for public feedback.
“Anyone who has walked, jogged or cycled around Sydney Harbour or the Parramatta River will tell you how glorious it can be, with 72 per cent of it already publicly accessible, but now it’s time to connect the entire route,” Mr Stokes said.
“We want to make it easier for families to enjoy a free, fun and healthy day out, which is why we’re asking the community to tell us which missing links they want to see connected across 18 suburbs stretching between Parramatta and the CBD.”
“The map also identifies 12 different projects that are in planning or already underway, including a new shared path at Wentworth Point Bridge, an upgrade of the existing Bay Run Path, the construction of a shared path parallel to the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 and more.”
A program of early works is currently being finalised with City of Parramatta, City of Canada Bay, Inner West Council and Greater Sydney Parklands.
Work is already underway to complete the missing link along the Bay Run at Rozelle and work will begin on three additional missing link projects in Parramatta and Canada Bay later this year including:
- A new shared path along the foreshore between Queens Wharf Reserve and the new Alfred Street Bridge, Parramatta.
- A new shared park through Henry Lawson Park, Abbotsford.
- An upgrade to widen an existing foreshore shared path at Massey Park Golf Club, Concord.
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the Liberals and Nationals Government had transformed active transport infrastructure in and around Parramatta.
“More than $50M continuous 91km transport beig has been invested into active transport links on and around the Parramatta River, making it one of the best places to ride in NSW,” Mr Lee said.
“The Liberals and Nationals Government has committed $60 million to make this path a reality, connecting Parramatta to the Sydney Opera House and beyond along one our beautiful foreshore.”
Liberal candidate for Parramatta Katie Mullens said active transport infrastructure would encourage more people to walk and ride.
“Bike riding is booming in popularity and this was heightened during the pandemic where we saw a 200 per cent increase in riders along the M4 bike path at Parramatta,” Ms Mullens said.
“By building better connections, we’re encouraging people of all ages to live healthier lifestyles and leave the car at home.”
An animation of the draft route is available here. To view the map and provide feedback go to: https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/parramatta-to-sydney-foreshore-link