Bennelong Bridge was officially opened in May 2016 and was planned, designed and delivered by Billbergia Group under a Voluntary Planning Agreement with the New South Wales Government. The Bridge is Australia’s and Sydney’s first major public transport infrastructure project to be funded by the private sector at no cost to Government. Stretching more than 330 metres across Homebush Bay, Bennelong Bridge provides a direct link between two of Sydney's fastest growing high-density communities at Rhodes and Wentworth Point - reducing the travel distances between them from 8 kilometres to less than 400 metres. This ‘Active Transport’ Bridge has been designed for use by pedestrians and cyclists along with public transport buses and future light rail – however, use by private vehicles is excluded.
An 'Active Transport' Bridge
The concept for a pedestrian and cycle bridge across Homebush Bay was first identified in New South Wales Government planning documents in 2003. In 2010, an expanded privately funded proposal was submitted to Government by Billbergia Group on behalf of four Wentworth Point landowners to deliver a public transport bridge with two vehicle lanes, along with a shared cycle and pedestrian path. The proposal was subsequently declared a Major Project under delegation of the Minister for Planning and was approved on 22 March 2013, following detailed planning and assessment.
The realisation of the $63 million Bennelong Bridge is the culmination of more than six years of planning and construction and marks a significant investment by the landowner’s alliance. It demonstrates the significant public benefits that can be achieved through collaboration between government and the private sector, for the delivery of public and active transport infrastructure to support urban renewal.
Bennelong Bridge has facilitated the transformation of two former industrial precincts on the banks of Parramatta River and delivered the public infrastructure needed to create a sustainable residential community of more than 50,000 people within a 1 kilometre walkable radius of the Bridge. Within this 1 kilometre radius, the Bridge connects the communities to shopping, a business park, child care, community centres and library, a new school (scheduled to open in 2018), and 450 hectares of public open space, as well as ferry, bus and rail services.
The Bridge enhances social and economic opportunities for the communities on both sides of Homebush Bay by improving access to services, community facilities, public open space and an efficient movement network. It provides a direct connection from City of Canada Bay’s network of cycle paths to more than 35 kilometres of cycle paths at Sydney Olympic Park, as well linking to the newly opened, 20 kilometre Parramatta Park to Sydney Olympic Park cycle and pedestrian path network.
- Billbergia Group
- Wentworth Point Landowners Alliance
- Scott Carver
- Golder Associates
- Biosis Research
- Rider Levett Bucknell
- Brady Marine
- New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment
- New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services