Diagonal arch bridge allows free flow of bikes over Parramatta River

Riders travelling through Parramatta in Sydney's west can now make their way over the river in style.

A innovative diagonal arch bridge spanning the Parramatta River is open for bike riders and pedestrians, and is the first of its kind in the country.

The Alfred Street Bridge features an arch that stretches overhead from one corner to the other, to create wide entry points at either end.

“Alfred Street Bridge is a distinctive new landmark for our city that will make it safer and faster for our growing community to travel throughout Parramatta,” said City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Pierre Esber.

“We live in a beautiful city and Alfred Street Bridge will cut down commute times and make it easier to connect to public transport and travel to the CBD."

The bridge offers improved connections to the Parramatta Valley Cycleway on the northern side of the river, the recently opened shared-used path alongside the first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail, the nearby light rail stop at Tramway Avenue, and more than 20km of bike and walking paths around Parramatta.

“This project provides a new active transport link catering for Parramatta’s growing population with a convenient, safe and scenic walking and cycling link over the river," says NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully.

“Residents can now directly access the Parramatta Light Rail stop on the southern side, along with services, schools and recreational areas.”

The community will soon have the opportunity name the bridge with consultation planned for 2024.

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