Demolition of Lilyfield Rd footbridge over Victoria Rd

Advice from Transport for NSW. Demolition set for 21/22 March, but route closed 8 March. Detours will be on Gordon St and via the two stage crossing of The Crescent/CWL previously notified. No improvements made to either of these routes. The ramp from Victoria Rd to Anzac Bridge west of the Digger will be demolished too, so only access will be via James Craig Rd and the ramp up from Sommerville Rd below the bridge. I assume the other footbridge (Beattie Bush bridge) will stay there for 6 months, until a new ramp to Anzac Bridge is built.

From Dan Silburn the PR flack at TfNSW:

“I apologise for sending a Sunday afternoon e-mail. 

Late last week, Transport for NSW completed its assessment of the proposed cycling and pedestrian detours as a result of the upcoming permanent removal of the bridge over Victoria Road at Lilyfield Road, and the ~6 month closure of the shared user path connecting Victoria Road to the ANZAC Bridge.

We have now confirmed that those two routes will be closed from 8 March, 2020, weather permitting. We will be working on both routes for around 2 weeks to make them safe for their eventual demolition, which should take place on the weekend of 21-22 March, 2020.

The detours we discussed at our last meeting - across The Crescent (two-phase crossing) and via Gordon Street - will be shown on our detour maps which will be installed on 24 February 2020.

Due to existing parking pressures in this area of Rozelle, parking will not be removed on Gordon Street. 

 [we had asked for an uphill bike lane]

Community notifications will also be distributed with the routes suggested. I have attached an example of these signs. JHCPB staff will also be on site at the two detour routes during peak hour to provide information about these changes for the two weeks until the closure and we will be engaging in a number of other advertising and publicity activities to inform as many people as we can about these changes. We’ll also have strategies in place to assist people from the day the access is closed, too.

Transport for NSW, along with JHCPB contractors, will continue to monitor how the detour routes are performing, and may make additional changes or improvements if required.

[and get this!] 

I would like to assure you that your feedback and suggestions were carefully considered by Transport when assessing these alternate routes. There will be more changes to important cyclist and pedestrian routes as the project progresses, and we would welcome your feedback about those when it is time to prepare the detours.

end quote

 There will be media coverage of this I suspect.

give JH a serve at


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I find it hard to image many cyclists riding up Gordon st.  

Its a bit steep and narrow, and often backed up in peak hours. No fun if you get between a SUV and a green light. Can avoid the initial steep bit by using Alfred St, but this gets rat runners too.

Finally, something on their website

Met a cyclist today who says he is using Marion St and Styles to Johnston St now instead of Lilyfield Rd. Suspect there is a fair bit of route shifting going on. 

Bike Leichhardt is doing a bike count on Tuesday March 3, and will try to catch these alternative routes. Need a few more counters. Anyone got 2 hours 7 am to 9 am? Details and RSVP on

That link says it all really

= If you aren't a Driver F-off

Riding on the bridge citybound might work OK.

If you can get to it!

For 6 months all cyclists will be going via James Craig Rd and Sommerville Rd, then up the ramp to the Digger. Sommerville Rd is steep and has Westconnex dirt trucks using it continuously. JH say they will widen the footpath to make it a shared path, but it will still be narrow and next to those trucks. In the image you can see green marks on the road where they might be going to widen the footpath too. Width is about 2.2 m, from the rock face. Take off 300 mm for clearance both sides and youve only got 1.9 m for two way bikes.

I'm thinking if you ride downhill on Victoria Rd (citybound), then take a left in the bus lane onto the bridge. (It doesn't help you much if you want to go from Lilyfield Rd)

Earlier this week, I saw a cyclist coming east from City West link, under the Vic Rd car tunnel, and up the main approach to the bridge, before ducking onto the shared path at the soldier.  Possibly trialing his new route??

Your right Bob

Looks wider than the green marks I saw, so maybe they have tried a bit harder to get some extra width. Still too close to heavy vehicles from Westconnex and cement loader IMO. 

This is comically bad (6 "cyclist dismount" areas shown on their "cycling" plan) and continues the hostility towards anyone who dares not drive a car.  Bob thank you for your tireless work. 

Heading into city, if you were (supremely) confident rider, could you stick on Victoria road (perhaps entering from Gordon), turn left and battle up the Anzac bridge, merge left a lane and enter the shared path at the disused bus stop? Haven't noticed any signs that would prevent cycling and might make a point if you had enough riders heading into city that way every morning. Won't help west bound though. 

Alternatively Lilyfield / Piper/ Johnston (or your preferred way to get there) and round the bay on the Glebe side is surely easier (if a little longer). Bob is the timber bridge over Johnston Creek open?

"the shared path connection from Victoria Road to ANZAC Bridge will be closed for approximately six months" - who thinks the new arrangements will be seen in 2020?

Good luck out there.


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