The NSW Government has announced that work has started on the first stage of the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link between Sutherland and Kirrawee. It is also working towards finalising the remainder of the route, linking Kirrawee to Cronulla, creating a continuous path of about 11 kilometres.

Construction of stage two is intended to commence in the second half of 2020, subject to detailed design and planning approval.

The dedicated pedestrian and bicycle path will connect key destinations between Sutherland and Kirrawee, including local schools, shops, restaurants, the farmers’ market, train station and entertainment centre.

Bicycle riders and pedestrians will be able to use stage one by early 2020 and stage two progressively from opening from 2021 and completed by 2023, subject to community consultation and approvals.

This new link will help to attract new riders and ease local traffic congestion. It also provides a safe alternative for people who want to walk to destinations and there are also health benefits for all who participate on two wheels or two legs.

During consultation the community told us they wanted work to progress on future stages of the active transport link and we are making sure that happens.

The Kirrawee to Cronulla stage will make greater use of the rail corridor while still connecting key destinations like transport interchanges, parks, retail and business precincts and Cronulla Beach.

This will be the first time in NSW that an active transport link has been built within such a busy, suburban rail corridor.

Detailed survey and design work to confirm the route of the second stage, identification of construction options and consultation with the community will all be happening over the coming year to make sure we design an asset that delivers value to the community for the long term.

Details on the Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATL) can be found at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects.