“Parramatta Road is crying out to be brought back to life,” says Inner West mayor Darcy Byrne. It’s a claim the New South Wales government has heard, agreeing to chip in $22.5 million to transform the corridor characterised by chronic traffic congestion, loud noise and low-quality commercial premises.
The grant will help fund seven projects, including GreenWay connections for commuters to pass under Parramatta Road and Longport Street, and a park in Petersham Street. Improvements will be made to infrastructure along key north-south streets next to Paramatta Road, including Rofe Street, Renwick Street, Norton Street, Balmain Road, Catherine, and Crystal streets; a cycle connection along Dot Lane; as well as a north-south pedestrian and cycle connection along Johnson’s Creek.
The council says the project will be completed in December 2019 as part of the NSW Government’s 30-year plan for the renewal of the Parramatta Road Corridor, which runs from Granville to Camperdown.
“Parramatta Road, in the inner west, borders some of Sydney’s most active cultural suburbs, which is why I have been championing for it to be a cultural and live music precinct,” says Byrne. “This funding will allow us to deliver improvements that help enliven what is currently a pretty blighted roadway.”