Construction has begun on a world class footbridge across the Parramatta River as part of an infrastructure investment which will support tens of thousands of new homes and jobs over the next two decades.
Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the Alfred Street Bridge is the latest significant investment in the popular active transport network along and around the Parramatta River.
“Pedestrians and cyclists around the Parramatta River already have access to one of Australia’s best waterfront paths and the stunning new footbridge will allow even more people to enjoy it,” Mr Stokes said.
“More local residents will be able to walk, run or ride to Parramatta Park, Parramatta CBD, Sydney Olympic Park, the wider M4 regional cycleway and the Alfred Street cycleway once these works are completed.
“We’re creating a city within a park and this investment is a great example of how we can create outstanding active transport connections in growing, green neighbourhoods.”
Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said an investment of more than $60 million will ensure the people of Parramatta have the infrastructure and transport networks they need.
“Parramatta is one of our fastest growing cities, with the population expected to expand by more than 200,000 over the next 20 years,” Mr Roberts said.
“Investing in vital infrastructure now will pave the way for more than 72,000 homes to be built and at least 113,000 jobs created to cater for the demand. This has already started with the recent construction of almost 500 homes along Morton Street.
“It further demonstrates our commitment to supporting increased housing supply through the delivery of necessary infrastructure.”
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the start of work marked the beginning of an important chapter for the city.
“The river crossing will complement a cycleway that connects to the light rail, along with significant improvements in Alfred Street, a new riverfront amphitheatre and the upgrades in Charles Street,” Mr Lee said.
“It’s another great example of the NSW Government collaborating with the City of Parramatta to deliver outstanding walking and cycling infrastructure, as well as increased public space featuring river views, trees and shade.”
To view the plans for the Parramatta Bridge and the Alfred Street improvements visit: