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Queens Park Pedestrian & Cycle Path

Centennial Parklands is currently seeking funding to create a formal pedestrian and cycle pathway along Darley Road in Queens Park.

  • Project: Queens Park Pedestrian & Cycle Path 

  • Location: Darley Road, Queens Park

  • Project delivery: TBC

  • Consultation dates: Consultation for this project took place from 6 to 24 May 2019. 

  • Project owner: Centennial Parklands in partnership with Waverley and Randwick Councils with support from Roads and Maritime Services.

Project description

Centennial Parklands is one of the most popular public spaces in Sydney, with over 31 million visitors each year. We provide safe and accessible shared pathways around the Parklands connecting users with surrounding regional cycling networks.

An important ‘missing link’ in this regional active transport network is Darley Road between Carrington and York Roads from the eastern suburbs of Waverley, Bronte and Clovelly west to Queens Park, Centennial Park and the city beyond.

Darley Road carries large volumes of traffic and pedestrian paths are narrow or non-existent on most of the north side and grade separated by stairs on the southern side.

As a result, many pedestrians and cyclists traverse this route inside the park boundary adjacent to Darley Road and a well-established but unformed, unsafe and unattractive ‘goat track’ has developed in this location.

This project was established due to the need for a formal pedestrian and cycle pathway in this location which has been recognised for some time but has been difficult to address due to potentially significant cost in delivering such a facility.

The pathway will significantly improve safety for children, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists along Darley Road between Carrington and York Roads.

Progress, however, has now been made to meet this need through the successful collaboration of Centennial Parklands with Randwick and Waverley Councils in securing a grant from Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) to develop a design for the pathway.

Key benefits of this project are:

  • The pathway will significantly improve safety for children, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists along Darley Road between Carrington and York Roads.

  • Identified in the Queens Park Master Plan, it would also provide an opportunity to significantly enhance the quality of the landscape in a highly visible but slightly degraded part of the park.

  • Finally, it will complete a ‘missing’ link in the regional active transport network and it would also complete a network of perimeter paths around Queens Park by linking with the existing shared pathways along the northern and western park boundaries.

Proposed route

 
Proposed route of Queens Park cycleway along Darley Road
Proposed route of Queens Park cycleway along Darley Road
 

Funding and project team

This project has received initial funding from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) under their cycleway program. It is being undertaken collaboratively with Waverley and Randwick Councils which have a strong interest in this project.

An application in 2019 for RMS grant funding to construct the pathway was unsuccessful but a further application will be made for funding under the RMS 2020-21 program.

Proposed Design - Artist Impression

 
Artist impression of proposed pathway.

Consultation

Public consultation for this project ran from Monday 6 to Friday 24 May 2019 through an online survey and public exhibition in the Parklands Office.

Your feedback and input will help guide our final detailed design and inform the project team on the implementation and delivery aspects of the project to ensure we are delivering a facility that meets the needs of the community.

Project works

The project team has engaged consultants GHD to design a new pedestrian and cyclist pathway along Darley Road between Carrington Road, and York Road and Avoca Street.
 
An options assessment was done at the initial phase of the project with two possible alignment options. Based on the options assessment, it was decided that the preferred alignment would be within Queens Park in order to minimise the realignment of kerbs, removal of trees, relocation of light and electrical poles and the loss of parking.
 
Proposed works to complete this project will include:

  • earthworks

  • construction of retaining walls

  • new pathways

  • kerb-realignment

  • parking re-configuration

  • landscape improvements.

Project timing

To be confirmed. 

Operational impacts

Works will be restricted to standard working hours between Mondays and Saturdays to minimise noise impacts.

Dust mitigation measures will be included within construction documentation and implemented during construction to minimise dust impacts.

Traffic management will be utilised whenever works are occurring within the road reserve.

It is envisaged that no sporting fields will be affected as a result of works. However, at times access to certain areas of the Queens Park may be affected. There may also be times when parking spaces are closed for use by contractor’s plant equipment.

We do not envisage facility closures to take place as a result of works. Works will be staged to minimise inconvenience. Exact stages and timeline will be advised.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact the Centennial Parklands Office via info@centennialparklands.com.au

The project plan concept can be downloaded here (PDF).