On 1 May 2018, the Roads and Maritime Services released an updated design for the Rankin Park to Jesmond bypass, and it is good news for cyclists and pedestrians!

The Jesmond cycleway is to be retained as a grade separated path with a combination of a bridge over the entry/exit lanes and a short tunnel under the bypass.

More details are in the April 2018 project update from the RMS.

Graphic of the proposed shared path bridge/tunnel at the northern interchange, from the RMS April 2018 update.

Although this is exciting news, it is not a “win” in the sense that we have gained something. By the community voicing it’s dissatisfaction with the previous flawed design we have just avoided losing a facility that we have had for nearly 70 years.

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  1. Well done Lachlan for raising this important issue and well done to all who sent submissions.

  2. And yes you’re right, we should not have had to campaign and protest, it should have been done this way right from the start.

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