The NSW Minister for Transport and Roads today unveiled an outline of the proposed route for the Kirrawee to Caringbah section of the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATL). The SCATL project is funded entirely by the NSW Government.
With the first stage of the project (1.3 kilometres from Sutherland to Kirrawee) already open, the proposed route will pick up near Kirrawee Station on Oak Road and continue to Gymea, Miranda and Caringbah, promising more direct links to local facilities and better connectivity to the existing cycling network.
After careful consideration, the preferred route to the north of the rail corridor was chosen because it offers users more direct connections to some of our key education, health, retail, employment and recreational facilities, which in turn delivers transport benefits and helps the local economy.
The ability for pedestrians and bike riders to join and leave the cycleway at more destinations was also a significant factor in determining the route, with the out-of-corridor design allowing users to join and leave the link as they like. An in-corridor route would have limited entry and exit points.
Like Stage 1, the vast majority of the pedestrian and bicycle path for Stage 2 will be off-road with 65 per cent of the route designed as a shared, off-road path and 30 per cent of the link a separated pedestrian and bicycle path. There will also be upgrades at intersections and priority crossings at side streets.
More detailed plans for the project will be on public display in the second half of 2021. Community feedback will play an important part in the planning approval process.
Subject to planning approval, construction of Stage 2 is expected to start late 2021 and be progressively opened from mid-2022.
The community is invited to have their say with community consultation beginning 19 April and running until 9 May. For more information head to https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/sutherland-to-cronulla-active-transport-link