A new connection linking the past to Penrith's bright future
A new pedestrian and cycling bridge is now complete, allowing communities across Western Sydney to enjoy safer walking, jogging and cycling across the Nepean River.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Western Sydney and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres joined thousands of local residents to officially open the Yandhai Nepean Crossing.
“This new bridge is world class and it is very exciting to see it come to life and improve connections for pedestrians and cyclists,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The Yandhai Nepean Crossing will be an essential link between the beautiful Nepean and Blue Mountains regions.
“Both the design and name of the bridge has been based on community feedback and I know it will be an asset for the region for years to come.”
Mr Ayres said this bridge delivers on the Governments commitment to provide a safe pedestrian crossing of the Nepean River, something the Penrith community has been requesting for many years.
“This is the people’s bridge. The thousands of people who came out today confirm that,” Mr Ayres said.
“With Penrith’s newest landmark now open the community across Western Sydney can enjoy the Nepean River like never before.
“This crossing offers unprecedented access for people of all abilities to enjoy views to the south of the river, not seen since the late 1800’s.”
More than 850 people worked to deliver the structure with around 700 tonnes of steel used, 25 metre truss segments delivered from Tomago to form the bridge trusses and 10,000 litres of paint used to coat the new structure.