The Australian and NSW Governments are delivering walking and cycling improvements to provide an active transport link between Kingsford and Centennial Park.
OCT 2021Project update
Early work at Kensington was completed in May 2021 and major construction is due to begin by the end of this year. Read our October project update (PDF, 463 Kb).
The project, developed by Randwick City Council and being delivered by Transport for NSW, is part of a $240 million investment by the Australian and NSW Governments to fix congestion hotspots, expand the cycling network and help the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
It includes a 2.8km bi-directional separated cycleway and shared path improvements along Doncaster Avenue, Day Avenue, Houston Road, General Bridges Crescent and Sturt Street to provide the local community and commuters a safe and convenient active transport option.
The cycleway will connect the Kingsford Light Rail terminus to the Centennial Park cycleway at Alison Road, Randwick. It will also connect to Randwick City Council’s planned cycleway between South Coogee and Kingsford.
Improvements also include new landscaping and trees, street lighting, traffic calming, seating and bike parking.
The new cycleway will not impact the current number of traffic lanes.
Cycle network map
We are committed to encouraging people to walk or cycle as part of their everyday travel. Walking and cycling for commuting and short trips relieve pressure on our roads and public transport networks, and are part of a healthy lifestyle for our communities.
The project will:
- improve bike rider safety with a new 2.8km separated cycleway
- improve pedestrian and road user safety with upgraded paths, crossings and traffic calming measures
- improve streets with new trees, plants and landscaping
- provide more places to sit and enjoy the surrounds
- provide more bike parking
- improve street lighting for safety and security.
Early work at Kensington was completed in May 2021. This included utility surveys, removal and replacement of footpaths, kerbs and gutters and adjustments to traffic lights.
Major construction work will start by the end of 2021 and take up to two years to complete. Construction will be staged to minimise the duration of impact to residents and businesses. Areas will be opened to the community as work is completed.
We will provide more information about the construction activities and our work schedule once our construction delivery partner is on board.
In order to carry out work and install the new cycleway and path upgrades, some trees and vegetation need to be removed. These trees are located where we need to adjust and relocate utilities and build new kerb and footpaths. There are also some tress that have been assessed as nearing the end of their expected life and will be replaced as part of the project.
Following community feedback on the concept plan the project design was refined to reduce the number of trees impacted, however around 27 trees will still need to be removed to construct the project. We will plant approximately 89 trees along the project alignment once the cycleway is complete, replacing removed trees at about a 3:1 ratio.
The trees to be removed were assessed as part of the Review of Environmental Factors and were found to not be ecologically sensitive.
Every effort is being been made to minimise the loss of trees associated with the project.
About 20 parking spaces will be permanently removed as part of the project (this includes 34 parking spaces removed and 14 spaces added across the project length). Parking needs to be removed to make room for new, safer pedestrian crossing areas and for vehicle access to properties and businesses.
There will be some temporary impacts to parking during construction, more information will be provided before work begins.
We are currently finalising illustrated plans of the tree and parking changes, these will be available to view on our website soon.
In 2018, Randwick City Council consulted with the local community on the concept plan. More than 400 submissions were received with approximately 70 per cent supportive of the project.
The plan was refined to address community feedback where possible and the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) received planning approval in May 2019. An Addendum REF assessing the compound locations and clarifying the scope of tree removal was approved in September 2021.
Visit the Randwick City Council website for more information.
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