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 is an active
‘Active transport’ facilitates and encourages walking and bike riding by providing direct links to key destinations.
As part of the Parramatta Light Rail program, an active transport link – or shared walking and bike path – will be built for the community between Carlingford and Alfred Street in Parramatta.
It will generally run parallel to the light rail corridor between Camellia and Carlingford, making getting around these precincts safer and easier by providing good connections to local shops, parks, community facilities and public transport.
A dedicated active transport link will complement the light rail, encouraging commuters and recreational users to leave their cars at home.
It will be able to be accessed by mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs, scooter and skateboarders, and people with prams.
This five-kilometre path will connect with the Parramatta Valley Cycleway at Rydalmere, supporting the City of Parramatta Council’s broader pedestrian and cycling network.
What will happen to the bike network and footpaths during light rail construction?
During construction of the light rail, existing footpath access and pedestrian crossings will be maintained where possible. Where the use of temporary footpaths are required, paths will be wide enough to allow for pedestrians, prams and wheelchairs. There may also be some impacts on existing bike riding routes. We will ensure stakeholders and community members are made aware of alternative routes.
How can I get to the active transport link?
The active transport link will be able to be accessed from the existing Parramatta Valley Cycleway at Rydalmere. All light rail stops between Parramatta and the Carlingford Line, as well as some additional points, will allow people to connect to the walking and bike riding path.
Where can I park my bicycle?
Bike parking will be provided at selected light stops along the active transport link. Parramatta light rail vehicles will be equipped with bike racks for up to six bicycles and wheelchair accessible spaces.