City Centre to Merewether Cycleway - Stage One

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Under construction

We've started work on the first stage of a key cycleway linking the city centre to Merewether Beach (PDF).

The project was given a $3.1 million funding boost under Newcastle’s COVID-19 stimulus budget, meaning we can now build the 1.1km section that stretches from Merewether Beach (location pictured) to Glebe Road at The Junction.

Construction plans include a 2.5m-wide, bi-directional shared path along Watkins Street and Coane Street, between Watkins and John Parade, with new and upgraded crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. Significant upgrades to stormwater drainage systems will also be incorporated.

Construction impacts

Works will commence on Watkins St between Helen St and Berner St in the south bound lane. Traffic closures and pedestrian diversions will used to safely manage traffic.

What to expect during construction:

  • South bound (eastern side of road and footpath) on Watkins St will be closed to traffic at Helen St.
  • During construction there will be some disruption to traffic and pedestrian movements through the area including restricted access at the immediate work site.
  • Properties whose driveways are affected will be given notice where works affect their access and will be required to use on alternative street parking during construction. Where driveways are to be modified/reconstructed those driveways will be reconstructed in plain white concrete.
  • Motorists and pedestrians are asked to follow all directional and warning signs during construction for the safety of our staff and the public.
  • Bus stops on Watkins St between Helen St and Berner St are being temporarily relocated to Frederick St. The bus routes will be changing for southbound buses only commencing on Monday 26 October 2021. For further details visit the Newcastle Transport website.

Almost $5 million has been allocated to cycleways projects under the revised 2020-21 capital works budget, including the $3.1 million for the City Centre to Merewether Beach - Stage One as well as funding for a missing cycleway link on University Drive between Blue Gum Road and the inner-city bypass in Birmingham Gardens.

For more about projects in your neighbourhood visit or Projects and Works page.