The Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATL) is
a shared pedestrian and bicycle path between Sutherland and Cronulla to help
make walking and cycling a more convenient, safer and enjoyable transport
The proposed path will provide an important link that will
enable cyclists and pedestrians to travel through the Sutherland Shire and
connect to key destinations like public transport interchanges, schools, hospitals, and residential and retail precincts.
When linked to the existing Alfords Point to Sutherland
shared path it will provide a regional continuous off road path in excess of 22
kilometres and allow connections to Bankstown and on to Parramatta.
(Sutherland to Kirrawee) will connect key destinations such as transport
interchanges, schools, residential areas and business precincts outside the
The SCATL will be delivered in collaboration with Roads and
Maritime Services and Sutherland Shire Council and in two stages:
• Stage 1
Sutherland to Kirrawee
• Stage 2
Kirrawee to Cronulla.
Currently, around 50 per cent of trips of less than two
kilometres in the area are made by car.
The SCATL will allow pedestrians and bicycle riders of all
ages, capabilities and experience to walk and cycle more safely and quickly to
work, school, shops or the station.
Providing a practical alternative to the car for short trips
will reduce local traffic congestion and also have significant environmental
and health benefits. The SCATL will encourage people to walk and cycle in the area for fun or exercise.
The community was invited to provide feedback on Stage 1 Sutherland to Kirrawee between 15 October and 4 November, 2018 through drop-in sessions, directly to the team and through our interactive website.
In total 110 submissions were received with a large number in favour of the proposal.
Key themes included:
• Benefit of reduced traffic
• Safer for pedestrians and cyclists
• Connectivity to key destinations
• Minimise construction and noise impacts
• Reduce the number of trees removed
• Minimise parking impacts
Submissions also asked for continued work on future stages of the SCATL. We will continue to work with Sutherland Shire Council, Roads and Maritime Services and Sydney Trains to progress the planning of Kirrawee to Cronulla.
For more information about the submissions received view the Determination Report.
Minimising the impact to trees along the active transport link was a key theme during community consultation. The team has been working to progress the design and reduce the number of trees impacted by the project.
The number of trees to be removed has been reduced from 60 to approximately 22, with a further 19 to be assessed during construction by an independent arborist. Native trees and shrubs will be planted along the active transport link to offset trees removed during construction.
A Vegetation Offset plan will be prepared in consultation with Sutherland Shire Council to offset all trees directly impacted by the proposed route.
Construction of SCATL Stage 1
Sutherland to Kirrawee is scheduled to commence in early 2019.
We will also continue to progress the
planning of the Kirrawee to Cronulla section, and keep the community informed
about opportunities to have your say.
The Future Stage will make greater use of the rail corridor,
while still connecting to key destination points between Kirrawee and Cronulla.
Transport for NSW will continue to work with Sutherland Shire Council, Roads
and Maritime Services and Sydney Trains to progress the plans. When this work
has been completed another environmental impact assessment will be undertaken.