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Bar Beach pedestrian crossing upgrade plans get go ahead

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Bar Beach looks set to welcome an upgrade to its popular Memorial Drive pedestrian crossing in coming years, after the community and councillors offered full support to the project. 

The popular beach thoroughfare will be boosted by a new raised crossing creating a safer connection between Empire Park and the busy coastal precinct. 

An elevation is expected to increase visibility of pedestrians and remove confusion caused by the current staged crossing and refuge island. 

At a City of Newcastle meeting last week, gathered councillors unanimously endorsed plans to upgrade. 

Councillor Carol Duncan said the upgrade would deliver on City of Newcastle’s commitment to support active transport options. 

“We’ve listened to the community and are working to deliver solutions that ensure they are able to safely and easily navigate our footpaths, cycleways and road networks,” Cr Duncan said. 

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the multi-stage project would improve safety and accessibility in the precinct for pedestrians and cyclists. 

“The precinct surrounding Bar Beach is heavily utilised by community members accessing Empire Park, the Cooks Hill Surf Club, Bathers Way and the beach itself,” Cr Clausen said. 

“This upgrade will make the road crossing between these destinations shorter and more accessible for pedestrians. 

“It will also enhance the cycling network in the area, with the second stage of the project including a new shared pathway from the Memorial Drive crossing to Bar Beach Avenue, which will create an off-road link that allows cyclists to travel easily between Bathers Way and Parkway Avenue.” 

Almost 90% of community members who responded during the public exhibition period were in favour of the upgrade, which also includes landscaped kerb extensions and a new narrow median to create a safer and more streamlined solution for all road users in this area. 

Following the Council’s endorsement, the project will move into a detailed design stage ahead of future construction works, with the project to be delivered over two stages. 

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