The June 2022 announcement breaks the SCATL Stage 2 into three sections and commits to starting work on the Miranda to Caringbah section (Source: TfNSW)
New advocacy push
Bicycle NSW undertook a very detailed visit of the area with staff from Sutherland Shire Council. It was clear that the reasons provided by Transport for NSW to abandon the rail corridor SCATL are not valid for long sections of the corridor.
We have prepared an issues paper to drive future advocacy. The document clearly sets out the background and planning history of SCATL, collates feedback from Council, community and advocates on the current proposals, shines a light on the problems of shared paths and makes recommendations for the next steps.
“It is no longer acceptable to put the delivery of quality cycling infrastructure in the too-hard basket”, says Bicycle NSW CEO Peter McLean. “The NSW Government now has a mandate to find future-proof solutions that address barriers created by infrastructure, topography and contested road space. We urge Transport for NSW to work closely with local experts at Sutherland Shire Council to return SCATL to the rail corridor alignment that the community wants and needs”.
This project provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver bike riding infrastructure that the Sutherland residents have advocated for since the early 2000s.
We suggest making contact with the project team to say that you want the safe and direct SCATL originally proposed. And please consider supporting our advocacy work on active transport infrastructure, both in Sutherland and across NSW, by joining the Bicycle NSW family today.