Throughout September and October 2018, City of Parramatta Council called on the community to help refine plans for alternative transport options between Carlingford and Epping. These projects will improve how commuters move around the area and make it safer for those walking or riding their bikes. Two projects were proposed:
Residents and commuters were invited to have their say on whether they would prefer to ride along designated or separated cycleway on Marsden Road, or detour via Keeler Street. Council also asked what amenities are needed, such as benches, tress for shade or bubblers.
The community told us that safety and feasibility were important for any improvements to transport links.
As part of the Local Government amalgamation process undertaken by the NSW Government in 2016, the City of Parramatta received $15 million from the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund (SCF) to kick-start the delivery of community infrastructure and service improvement projects. In November 2016, Council consulted the community about project ideas and received more than 170 project submissions. In December 2016, a panel consisting of all State MPs (or their representatives) endorsed projects for the SCF. One of these projects was improving the cycling connection between Carlingford and Epping. This project was publically announced in April 2017.
The pedestrian route improvement project has evolved from Council’s 2017 campaign, Imagine Epping, which asked the community to submit ideas for small-scale improvements to their neighbourhood. More than100 ideas were reviewed by an internal panel against a range of criteria, including feasibility, resourcing and timeframe to be realised. The successful submission was to connect the parks closest to Epping train station through a series of inviting walking routes, trees, and landscaping.
Works to prepare for the cycleway are expected to start in early 2019.
Works to prepare for the pedestrian route are expected to start in early 2019.
The cycleway will be constructed in stages. Stage 1 will involve work which will establish facilities to provide a safe route from Carlingford to Epping. There will be minimal impact to residents, foot and road traffic. The works include painting bicycle logos on road, installing signage and creating rest stops (such as shade trees and bubblers) along the route. Stage 1 is expected to be delivered by December 2019.
Stage 2 will be more complex requiring the design of a safer separated cycleway in certain sections of the route which minimises the loss of on-street parking. The commencement of construction works for Stage 2 is subject to future funding.
Council invites you to contact us when you have feedback on a project. Whilst the formal consultation period on the initial pedestrian and cycleway routes has now closed, there will be further opportunities for the community to provide input to the projects as they progress. You can always contact Council with any questions or concerns.
For more information on project delivery or to provide feedback, please contact Council's project officer on email@example.com or call 9806 5347.
For more information on the Stronger Community Fund and other supported projects, please see Council's website.
Last updated 2 August 2019
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