Little public comment on bridge

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The $20 million State Government funded Nepean River Green Bridge has attracted little comment from the public despite a well-documented need for new pedestrian access across the Victoria Bridge.

On display at Penrith City Council until July 17, the Nepean River Green Bridge transport study recommended a new pedestrian and cycleway best be located on the site of the historic punt crossing from Punt Road to Old Ferry Road.

A spokesperson for Transport for NSW said: “Nine written submissions were received from the community, the majority supporting a dedicated river crossing for pedestrians and cyclists and some suggesting safety and design elements”.

“Some residents expressed concerns about the proposed location, citing privacy, security and environmental concerns. Other contributions cited heritage issues and the potential impact on the Nepean River rowing course.”

The spokesperson said that all submissions will be considered as Transport for NSW moves forward with design and development of the Nepean River Green Bridge between Penrith and Emu Plains.

With the preferred location now being finalised the Roads and Maritime Services, responsible for developing the design of the bridge, the next stage will be for a review of Environmental Factors to take place.

MP for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, said that with the planning stages well under way, construction is expected to commence in 2014.

“The Steering Committee agreed on a delivery schedule that would aim to see construction start in the first quarter of 2014 and we making every effort to keep to that schedule,” he said.

RMS will continue to involve the community during the development of the new Nepean River Green Bridge, including information sessions, community updates and letters.

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