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Bad planning example: Tibby Cotter footbridge!

This footbridge across Anzac Parade near Gregory Avenue, officially known as the Albert "Tibby" Cotter Shared Bridge, was rushed though the planning process by the NSW government in 2014. The pressure to build the bridge presumably came from the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust who wanted it completed (or at least usable) in time for the International Cricket Council's Cricket World Cup events in February and March 2015.

The haste was such that construction actually began before planning approval had been obtained.

The bridge is an outstanding example of abuse of the planning process. It is the wrong solution to the wrong problem; it is also in the wrong place. And it was very costly:

No benefit commensurate with these costs has been identified. Except perhaps on a few days each year when there is a large crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the bridge will be very lightly used. Its long ramps will probably become popular with skateboarders.

Learn more about what happened.

Or watch this EcoTransit video about it.

In April 2015, the NSW Auditor-General agreed to look into the project. Learn more ...

In July 2015, statistics showing how underused the bridge was became available. Learn more :...

It was thought that a plausible explanation for the bridge might have been an as-yet-announced plan to bury a two-storey car park under Moore Park west. Learn more ...

The NSW Auditor-General's report released on 17 September 2015 showed clearly how lax the Government's processes for selection and execution of large projects have become. Learn more ...

Only in 2016 did the public learn that the SCG Trust wanted a new stadium built on the Kippax Lake site; the bridge would have been well-placed to connect the stadium with a possible car park. Learn more ... Fortunately, a popular outcry killed that proposal. The outcry might have been increased by outrage at parkland lost to light rail.

A newspaper article in 2017 remarked on governments' preference for new infrastructure even when no business case had been shown. Learn more ...


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