[CAMWEST-discuss] The incomplete Western Sydney Parklands Track
robkemp at tpg.com.au
Mon Jan 28 13:17:56 EST 2008
Hi Liz & Alex,
Over the long weekend I made a couple of trips out to explore the
Western Sydney Parklands Track. I've been watching the progress of the
track with interest, as I live about 1500m from Nurragingy Reserve which
it passes through.
I'd ridden sections of the track several months back before they locked
I sent an email to the Dept of planning on the 29th of November, (1)
asking when they expected to open the track, as I was keen on organising
some BUG rides along it, and (2) letting them know that the signs at the
Horsley Drive access point of the M7 shared path are pointing track
users in the wrong direction.
I didn't receive a response to my email, and the signs at the Horsley
Drive intersection are still pointing the wrong way (as of Saturday 26th
Despite the official opening and wide media coverage, the section
between Power St & Nurragingy Reserve in Glendenning is still closaed.
There's a 200-300 metre stretch in that section which is still waiting
to be constructed (See link to photos below).
There's no notice on the locked gates as to how track users can deviate
around this section.
Also the road crossing at Richmond Rd (corner of Symonds Rd, Dean Park)
is, in my opinion, quite dangerous. (See photos also). I won't be
leading groups across at that intersection. I'll probably walk the
bikes across a short distance further back along Richmond Rd. On the
southern side of Richmond Rd, the access to the Parklands Track is very
average. I'm wondering whether there are plans to upgrading this
intersection in the near future, which is why they didn't put much
effort into it.
The other two road crossings (Power St and The Great Western Hwy) are
reasonable, in that they have good refuge islands in the centre of the
roads. The arrangemnet with the traffic lights at the Great Western Hwy
crossing is unusual to say the least, and could potentially pose some
problems. There are no pedestrian/cyclist buttons or lights there, so
people crossing from the north side to the south have to watch for cars
traveling east along the Great Western Hwy and also exiting around the
corner from the M7. Far from ideal.
There is no signage from the M7 path at Quakers Hill to the start of the
Parklands track, although there is extensive signage further along the
M7 path where the Parklands Track uses section of the M7 path.
Do you ever get the feeling that the cycling community in Western Sydney
is getting shafted by the current State Govt? First the 'Missing link'
in the Parramatta -Rouse Hill T-way, and now the incomplete section of
this 'completed' project.
You have to wonder whether it was on purpose that the cycling community
got less than 24 hours notice of the official opening of the Parklands
Would BNSW like to take any action on this? I have a contact with one
of the local papers, and I'm happy to let him know, plus send a few
emails to Dept of planning etc. Any thoughts?
I'm planning on organsing a CAMWEST ride along the length of the Track,
from Quakers Hill to West Hoxton, including a detour
around the incomplete section, sections of the M7 shared path and the
Greenway Loop in West Hoxton. Total ride distance is around 65 km.
See Bikely link below - Basically doing this and then back along the M7
Provisional Date: Sat 9th Feb.
Biekly map of route:
Media release announcing the trail's opening :
Map : http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/westernsydneypark/pdf/track%20map.pdf
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