The inner West faces worsening traffic congestion with redevelopment of the Bays Area and Plans for WestConnex to feed vehicles onto the Anzac Bridge and Victoria Rd.
Yet there is a simple, low-cost way to reduce congestion in our neighbourhood: re-open Glebe Island Bridge as a level, broad, safe pedestrian link between Rozelle and Pyrmont.
Running parallel to the Anzac Bridge, Glebe Island Bridge could link the Balmain Peninsula and Pyrmont, with benefits to residents and businesses on both sides. The bridge could become part of a pedestrian and cycle network to Pyrmont Bridge, Darling Harbour, and Barangaroo. A second route could connect Glebe Island Bridge with the soon-to-be-opened Goods Line, extending to Railway Square and eventually to Redfern.
The re-opened Bridge could also form part of a waterfront walkway from Rozelle to Rushcutters Bay, creating a world-class tourist attraction as well as a recreational area for Sydneysiders. To enable large boats to move in and out of the bays, the bridge could swing open as needed, as it was designed to do.
To find out more about our disused bridge and its potential, visit the Glebe Society’s new website dedicated to the Glebe Island Bridge: http://glebeislandbridge.com.