Development plans are increasing pressure on the government to reopen the Glebe Island Bridge

Transport for NSW said it was committed to restoring the Grade I listed bridge – “an iconic Sydney landmark dating back more than 100 years”.

A spokeswoman said the agency had recently taken steps to preserve the bridge and ensure the safety of passing boats by asking Heritage NSW to install temporary fenders on the central pier.

Transport for NSW is committed to restoring the bridge, which opened in 1903.

Transport for NSW is committed to restoring the bridge, which opened in 1903.Credit:Nick Moir

“Transport is developing and working with key stakeholders on potential long-term options for the Glebe Island Bridge. We will update the community on the progress to gather feedback,” the spokeswoman said.

The Government this year announced plans to build some 1,200 units in towers on the Blackwattle Bay Fish Market site; up to 250 apartments adjacent to White Bay Power Station in phase one of Bays West; and a to be determined number of waterfront homes in Rozelle Bay.

Glebe Society President Ian Stephenson said the group of residents wanted the bridge to become functional again so it could be used for walking and cycling. He wants the state government to finalize its plans for the bridge ahead of the March election.

“The government has said things that sound favorable without really committing to anything.

The Government wants the Bays West district to be redesigned to include housing, offices and public spaces.

The Government wants the Bays West district to be redesigned to include housing, offices and public spaces.Credit:Robert Pearce

“With the development of the fish market area, the bridge becomes more and more important and the missing link [in the waterfront pedestrian route] associated with Pyrmont,” he said.

Parker said the local community is “tired of hearing that the government is exploring possible future uses. Let’s move on.”

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The City of Sydney has previously argued that the bridge’s restoration is vital to cycle, pedestrian and potentially public transport links between Pyrmont and Bays West.

“[The bridge] should be restored immediately… before it’s allowed through [Transport for NSW] no longer deteriorate,” the council said in an early submission of plans for the area.

Paired with the landmark Pyrmont Bridge over Darling Harbour, the Grade I listed swing bridge opened in 1903. It was closed to traffic when the Anzac Bridge opened in 1995.

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