The Junction to Merewether Cycleway

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Cycleways are a key part of Newcastle's transport network. That's why City of Newcastle has made expanding and improving the city's network of cycleways one of its four priority projects, with a focus on providing high standard facilities such as off-road paths that connect key destinations.

We are now seeking community feedback on a proposed cycleway connecting The Junction to Merewther Beach via Watkins Street.

What is proposed

The proposed cycleway is predominantly an off-road, continuous shared path along the eastern side of Watkins Street from Glebe Road to John Parade. Features of the proposal include:

  • On-road cycle lanes from Glebe Road intersection to The Junction Public School children’s crossing
  • Shared pathway on eastern side of Watkins Street from The Junction Public School through to John Parade, Merewether Beach
  • Shared pathway on northern side of Coane Street from Watkins Street to John Parade
  • Upgrade of existing children’s crossing on Watkins Street at The Junction Public School to a combined pedestrian and cyclist crossing and related changes to the school frontage
  • Conversion of the recently upgraded pedestrian crossing on Patrick Street to be combined cyclist and pedestrian crossing (linemarking only)
  • Upgrade of the existing pedestrian crossing on Helen Street to a combined pedestrian and cyclist crossing
  • New continuous path treatments at Chester Lane, Buchanan Street and Coane Street
  • Relocation and upgrade of some bus stops
  • Drainage upgrades including underground storage systems to capture stormwater for re-use and reduce downstream flooding
  • Proposed 40km/h speed limit on Watkins Street from Glebe Road to John Parade (subject to Transport for NSW approval)
  • New garden beds constructed as part of upgraded intersection works.

Concept designs

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Overview - Glebe Road to John Parade Glebe Road to The Junction Public School
The Junction Public School to Watkins St north of Patrick Street Watkins Street south of Buchanan Street to north of Helen Street 
Watkins Street between Helen Street and Berner Street Watkins Street from Berner Street to south of Coane Street
Watkins Street to John Parade Watkins Street from south of Coane Street to John Parade

Impacts on street trees and gardens

To accomodate a 2.5 metre wide shared path, approximately 36 street trees along Watkins Street have been identified for removal. The proposed concept designs include replanting with around 68 advanced street trees of a species similar to the existing trees.

In addition:

  • The majority of existing verge gardens retained and left undisturbed during construction
  • Replacement landscaping is proposed between new shared pathway and roadside kerb
  • New garden beds will be constructed as part of upgraded intersection works

Impacts on parking

The concept designs are required to accomodate specific regulations regarding off-sets from pedestrian crossings, intersections and bus stops to maintain a safe environment.

As a result there will be a loss of approximately 11 on-street parking spaces across the proposed route from Glebe Road through to John Parade.

Public Exhibition Period

The proposed The Junction to Merewether cycleway is on ehibition until 5pm Monday, 27 July.

Supporting documents

Have your say by completing the online form below


Your say

Overall, are you in favour of the proposal for a new cycleway from The Junction to Merewether Beach including new shared pathway, combined pedestrian/cyclist crossings and 40km/h speed limits?:


Are you in favour of the continuous shared pathway treatments on Chester Lane, Buchanan Street and Coane Street?:


Are you in favour of upgrading the existing children’s crossing on Watkins Street south of Chester Lane and the pedestrian crossing on Helen Street raised combined pedestrian and cyclist crossing?:


Are you in favour of modifying (by linemarking) the recently upgraded raised crossing on Patrick Street east of Watkins Street to a combined pedestrian and cyclist crossing? (Note: The crossing was upgraded with the intention of future linemarking as a combined crossing.):

Are you in favour of installing road cushions on Helen Street to reduce vehicle speeds?:

Do you support the ‘No Right Turn’ from Watkins Street into Helen Street?:

Are you in favour of installing pedestrian and cyclist crossings on John Parade near Coane Street and Watkins Street?:


Are you in favour of the proposed 40km/h speed limit as shown in the plans?:


About you

Alternatively, you can email a written submission to mail@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Please include "Submission - The Junction to Merewether Beach Cycleway” in the subject line

Postal submissions can be sent to:

Chief Executive Officer
City of Newcastle
Attention: Transport and Compliance
PO Box 489
Newcastle  NSW  2300
Subject: Submission - The Junction to Merewether Beach Cycleway.


The consultation period closes midnight on 27 July 2020.

Protecting your privacy

City of Newcastle is committed to protecting your privacy.  We take reasonable steps to comply with relevant legislation and Council policy.
Purpose of collecting personal details: Council is collecting this information to determine the local community’s views and opinions on the proposal outlined.
Intended recipients:  Information provided as part of the consultation will be used as part of the investigation into the proposal, and may be included in future reports on the issue.
Storage and security:  Information provided will be stored on Council's database and will be subject to Council’s information and privacy policies.
Access: Individuals can access data to check accuracy by contacting Council.