Transport for NSW is building a new shared walking and bike riding path, also called an active transport link, for the Greater Parramatta region as part of the Parramatta Light Rail program. Light rail is expected to begin operations in 2023.
What are Active Transport Links?
Active Transport Links are shared walking and bike-riding paths that connect people to where they want to go and 'link' them to existing public transport networks and places.
They can be accessed by mobility scooters, wheelchairs, prams, and other forms of personal transport (for example, scooters and roller skates).
What are the benefits?
- Improved health and wellbeing through exercise
- Better outdoor place-making
- Encourages people to walk or cycle as part of their everyday travel
- Reduced carbon emissions compared to car use.
What will happen to the bike network and footpaths during construction?
During construction of the Parramatta Light Rail, existing footpath access and pedestrian crossings will be maintained where possible.
Where the use of temporary footpaths is required, paths will be wide enough to allow for two-way pedestrian traffic, prams and wheelchairs.
Construction may also impact existing bike riding routes. We will ensure stakeholders and the community are consulted and made aware of alternative routes.
Did you know?
Over 1.1 billion trips a year in NSW are made on foot or by bicycle, including around 600 million trips associated with a public transport journey.
The largest section of active transport on the Parramatta Light Rail will span more than five kilometres between Carlingford to Parramatta. It will connect pedestrians and cyclists to new town centres at Camellia and Telopea, the Western Sydney University campus at Rydalmere, as well as the growing areas of Dundas and Carlingford.
When can I use the new Active Transport Links?
Transport for NSW is committed to opening the new Active Transport Links being delivered as part of the project when work is complete and the paths are safe to use.
Fences remain in place along the Active Transport Link from Carlingford to Tramway Avenue to allow the project to access the path for the next phase of work. This includes the installation of the light rail stop canopies and infrastructure, substations, overhead wiring and underground cabling, as well as the testing and commissioning of light rail vehicles and systems.
How will the light rail affect the bike network and footpaths in the long term?
Construction and operation of a major infrastructure project, such as the Parramatta Light Rail, has required changes to the existing bike networks.
To manage the impacts on walking and bike riding routes, and to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety in the vicinity of the light rail, a Pedestrian and Cyclist Network and Facilities Strategy was developed in consultation with stakeholders and accepted by the Department of Planning and Environment.
The Strategy is available at parramattalightrail.nsw.gov.au.au/library.
Where can I park my bicycle?
Bike parking will be provided at selected Parramatta Light Rail stops along the Active Transport Link.
Parramatta light rail vehicles will also be equipped with bike racks for up to four bicycles as well as wheelchair accessible spaces.
The new active transport link will connect pedestrians and cyclists to proposed town centres at Camellia and Telopea, the Western Sydney University campus at Rydalmere, as well as the growing areas of Dundas and Carlingford.