Sutherland to Cronulla active transport link alignment firms up
Work to progress a new active transport link connecting Sutherland and Cronulla continues to forge ahead, with the NSW Government today announcing a proposed route for the project.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today joined MPs Mark Speakman (Cronulla), Eleni Petinos (Miranda), Lee Evans (Heathcote) and Melanie Gibbons (Holsworthy) to make the announcement, which follows the release of a tender last week.
“Sutherland Shire residents have long been advocating for an active transport link to connect Sutherland and Cronulla via communities in between, and I am pleased to be able to announce more details of the Government’s plans,” Mr Constance said.
“Initial investigations support a proposed link that starts on President Avenue rather than the rail corridor, to provide a shorter and more direct connection into Sutherland.
“It would then join the rail corridor at Kirrawee and generally continues on the southern side of the rail corridor. There will be some deviations from the corridor to improve accessibility, provide a better connection and avoid constraints or conflicts with existing infrastructure.”
Mr Speakman said: “Today’s announcement means we are one step closer to providing this long awaited transport link for Sutherland Shire commuters.”
“Design of the path will include a number of features to ensure the comfort and safety of pedestrians and cyclists. It will be designed as a two-way path, with pedestrian and cycling zones separated by line marking. We would also look at physical separation of the zones where possible,” Mr Speakman said.
Fencing would be installed to separate the link from the rail corridor. The path would also be accessible for those with mobility constraints.
Ms Petinos said: “There is still work to be done to finalise the preferred route, secure funding for delivery and ensure the proposed link integrates with the surrounding environment and facilities. This will importantly include consultation with the community, Sutherland Shire Council, and walking and cycling groups in coming months.”
Mr Evans said: “The Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link would be one of the first of its kind in Sydney. The careful planning we are undertaking for this project could pave the way for similar active transport links in or adjacent to rail corridors in other parts of Sydney.”
The NSW Government is committed to the planning and design of this walking and cycling path between Sutherland and Cronulla as part of Sydney’s Cycling Future.