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Queens Park Pedestrian and Cycle Path Project

Greater Sydney Parklands is committed to creating better parks for people. 

The Queens Park Pedestrian and Cycle Path Project will complete a critical missing link in the regional bicycle network from the eastern suburbs to Queens Park, Centennial Park and the Sydney CBD, making walking and cycling safer and more accessible for the community. 

Works will involve the construction of new, bi-directional bicycle and pedestrian paths along the southern edge of Queens Park adjacent to Darley Road, Randwick. The project has been tested during community consultation in May 2019 and received strong community support.

  • Project: Queens Park Pedestrian and Cycle Paths 

  • Location: Darley Road, Queens Park

  • Project delivery: 30 August 2021 to Late 2021 (weather permitting) 

  • Consultation dates: Community consultation was undertaken in May 2019 with feedback contributing to the final design

  • Project owner: Greater Sydney Parklands in partnership with Waverley and Randwick Councils with funding from Transport for NSW
The current unsealed pathway along Darley Road

Project description

Greater Sydney Parklands (GSP) is committed to providing 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.
 
There has been persistent demand from local residents, park users and cycle advocacy groups to formalise this pathway with keen interest from both Waverley and Randwick Councils as strong supporters of active transport and given the route being on the border of both local government areas. The need for these improvements is also a key deliverable in GSP’s Queens Park Master Plan.
The pathway will significantly improve safety for children, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists along Darley Road between Carrington and York Roads

Key benefits of this project are:

  • address the need for a formal pedestrian and cycle pathway on Darley Road
  • complete a critical missing link in the regional bicycle network from the eastern suburbs of Waverley, Bronte and Clovelly west to Queens Park, Centennial Park and the Sydney CBD
  • improve safety for children, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along Darley Road between Carrington and York Roads
  • improve access to Queens Park and its popular and intensely used recreational facilities and,
  • provide an opportunity to significantly enhance the quality of the landscape in a highly visible but slightly degraded part of the park – as identified in the Queens Park Master Plan

Proposed route

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

Public consultation

Consultation for this project was undertaken from 6 to 24 May 2019 through an online survey and public exhibition in the Parklands Office. 355 online surveys were completed, and 5 individual submissions were received. 

A copy of the Consultant Feedback report can be found here (PDFwhich confirms: 

  • strong support for the proposal – with 95% of responses supportive
  • 12 submissions opposed the project, with five citing the loss of green space as the reason
  • Separated pathways and off-road locations strongly endorsed

Other key concerns raised in the consultation included:  

  • Controlling speeding cyclists
  • Safe crossing points particularly at the café and playground

In response to the feedback, an independent safety audit was conducted and the design modified to address the issues raised, in particular the potential conflict between pedestrians and cyclists. 

Changes made to the design included: 

  • widening the shared sections of the pathway
  • introducing pavement and threshold treatments to slow down cyclists in shared sections
  • more visible and safer designated crossing points
  • improved barrier fencing along with medians in the separated pathways section; and,
  • additional signage.

The revised design also included more substantial landscaping of the slopes beneath the pathway in the eastern section and the planting of 31 new trees.

Finalised designs and artists impressions

 

Project works

Works will include some demolition of the existing pathway, fence line and kerb and guttering. New concrete and asphalt pavements will be constructed across the site including associated line marking and signage. The works also include new stairs, ramps, handrails, retaining walls, cycle barrier fencing and landscaping. 7 trees will be removed as they have been identified by professional arborists as ‘unsafe’ or in ‘poor condition’ and pose a risk to park users and the general public. 31 mature trees will be planted as part of the project.

Works will be staged to ensure the surrounding sporting fields, grandstand, café, toilet amenities and outdoor gym remain open at all times. 

Safe alternative pedestrian access, and signage, will be provided along Darley Road at all times. The work area will be fenced off to ensure safety for pedestrians.

The contractor, Ford Civil, will carry out all works according to COVID-19 public health orders. COVID-safe working arrangements will be implemented at all times and will be amended as the public health orders change.

Staging of works

Works have been staged to maintain access to the parklands at all times.

The below dates are subject to change, weather dependant and any COVID-restrictions with residents being kept up to date at all times: 

Detail of the staging of the works will be updated as works progress, showing the area currently be worked on and next stages.

Hours of works

Works have been scheduled to minimize impacts to local residents, regular park users and visitors.

Activity Permitted working hours
General Works:
All demolition, building and site work, including site deliveries (except as detailed below)
Monday to Friday - 7.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday - 8.00am to 3.00pm
Sunday & public holidays - No work permitted
Noisy Works:
Excavating or sawing of rock, use of jackhammers, pile-drivers and the like
Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday, Sunday & public holidays - No work permitted

Traffic and parking impacts

The existing car parking along Darley Road (parallel and angled car spaces) will undergo upgrade works, so some of the car parking will be temporarily available during the works. GSP apologises for any inconvenience. 

Upgrade works to the car park will occur sequentially to maximise available car spaces for continued public use.

On completion of the project, there will be some permanent changes to parking availability along Darley Road. To provide a wider and safer pedestrian footpath, the kerb on the northern side of the road between York Road and the playground and café will be moved further into the roadway. To accommodate this, the existing angle parking on this side of the road will be replaced by parallel parking resulting in a loss of parking spaces in this location.  To compensate, the existing parallel parking on the eastern side of the café towards Carrington Road will be replaced with angle parking. 

Overall there will be a net reduction of 11 spaces on the northern side of Darley Road. Randwick City Council is exploring options to provide additional parking spaces close to Queens Park, to offset the reduction of car parking spaces along Darley Road.

The movement of work vehicles to and from the construction site will be minimal and will not affect traffic flow on Darley Road. Two-way traffic flow will be maintained on Darley Road through the kerb realignment work. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Works will start from 30 August 2021 and should be completed by the end of 2021, weather and COVID restrictions permitting.
The works will involve the construction of new, separated, bi-directional bicycle and pedestrian paths along the southern edge of Queens Park adjacent to Darley Road, Randwick.
Paths are currently too narrow, damaged or non-existent for pedestrians who essentially walk along a goat track on the edge of Queens Park. The works will deliver a formal pedestrian pathway along the entire edge southern edge of the park adjacent to Darley Road.
Pedestrians and cyclists currently walk and ride along the edge of Queens Park, and have created an unsafe an unsightly goat track, as there is no proper footpath or space on the busy road for cyclists. The works will provide formal and accessible pathways for pedestrians and cyclists improving the safety and amenity of the area. The quality of the green space around the new pathways will also be enhanced through additional tree planting and planting out of the eroded slope down into the southeastern corner of the park.
The paths are generally for shared use between cyclists and pedestrians, with the exception of the cycleway path between the café and Carrington Road which is dedicated for bicycle use only. A separate pedestrian-only path will be adjacent to this to ensure the ongoing safety of users. New line marking and signage will indicate the appropriate use of paths.
Yes. Currently, cyclists have to contend with not only high traffic volumes and limited road space but also parking and reversing vehicles and complex intersections.  This will be alleviated by a complete cycle path separate to Darley Road. Cyclists will now be able to cycle from the eastern suburbs right into the Sydney CBD safely on cycle paths.
 
Works will be staged to ensure the surrounding sporting fields, grandstand, café, toilet amenities and outdoor gym remain open and accessible at all times.
This project presents no impact to existing sports fields.
Sports fields will be open throughout construction with the exception of our annual renovation program between 30 August 2021 and 16 October 2021.
Yes, parking along Darley Road will be available during the works. However, some areas will be temporarily unavailable due to the upgrade works.
Pedestrians will continue to have access along Darley Road and safe alternate pedestrian access routes will be marked by signs.
Yes, they will remain open and accessible during the works. There will be alternative access at times and clearly signposted.
Eight trees (highlighted below in image link) which have been identified, by arborists, as unsafe or in poor condition will be removed. 6 are coral trees (which are identified as a noxious weed) and one is a small melaleuca tree near the current playground. 1 has already been removed. 31 mature trees (500L), including red flame and native trees will be planted as replacement trees providing extra shade for the park and pathways.   

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The works will cost $3.75M and are fully funded by Transport for NSW.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hestiate to contact us. 

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