Changes to WYLDE: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the impact of the M12 on Western Sydney Parklands?
A portion of the Parklands adjacent to Elizabeth Drive will be used to construct the M12. This will impact access to areas south of the proposed M12 during the construction; and may also change access arrangements post construction. The main Western Sydney Parklands facilities that will be impacted by the construction of the M12 are the International Shooting Centre, which may have changed access, and Wylde Mountain Bike Trail, which may be redesigned or relocated within a similar area of the Parklands. Western Sydney Parklands Trust is working with Roads and Maritime Services and Bicycle NSW to ensure that the final design of the M12 caters for these facilities into the future. In addition, the route will not impact on planned future recreation areas at Cecil Hills.
How much of the Parklands will be required for the construction of the M12?
The final design will determine the amount of space required for the construction of the M12, however the proposed alignment along Elizabeth Drive minimises the impact on undisturbed parts of the Parklands. Western Sydney Parklands Trust is working with Roads and Maritime to minimise the M12’s impact on the Parklands.
Who is planning the M12 Motorway?
On behalf of the Australian and NSW Governments, Roads and Maritime is planning the M12 Motorway as part of the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.
What is the purpose of the M12 project?
The 16 kilometre M12 Motorway will provide direct access to Western Sydney Airport at Badgery’s Creek and connect to Sydney’s existing motorway network.
When will construction of the M12 be finished?
Construction is currently scheduled to commence in the early 2020’s with completion planned in the mid-2020s, prior to the opening of the Western Sydney Airport.
What is the route of the M12 Motorway?
The M12 Motorway will be a 16km dual carriageway between the M7 Motorway, Cecil Park and The Northern Road, Luddenham. You can read more about the route at the Roads and Maritimes Website and also view a map or download a PDF.
Why is this project significant?
The project will provide the vital link connecting the Western Sydney Airport and other major residential and employment development in Sydney’s West, with the broader Sydney region. Ultimately it will facilitate the development and growth of Western Sydney without impacting on proposed future recreation areas.
Will Wylde Mountain Bike Trail be impacted by the construction of the M12?
Wylde Mountain Bike Trail will be impacted by the construction of the M12 Motorway. Roads and Maritime, Bicycle NSW and the Trust are committed to redesigning and modifying the trail as required to ensure that it continues to operate as a high-quality facility for the community.
Will Wylde close for the construction of the M12?
Due to the proximity of the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail to the M12 site, a temporary closure of the Trail may be necessary during construction of the M12 Motorway. The details and timing of the closure are yet to be determined and will depend on Roads and Maritime’s final M12 design and construction schedule. If any disruption is proposed, the mountain biking community will be provided with advanced notice when timelines are finalised.
When will Wylde reopen to the public?
Potential dates for the closure and reopening of Wylde Mountain Bike Trail are yet to be determined and will depend on Roads and Maritime’s final M12 design and construction schedule. Western Sydney Parklands Trust will work with Roads and Maritime to minimise the length of closure of Wylde Mountain Bike Trail.
Where else can people ride during the construction of the M12?
Other possible locations to ride during the construction of the M12 include:
• Old Man’s Valley Hornsby – short, technical trail
• Royal National Park – limited MTB trails
• Garrigal NP – short, technical trails
• Yellomundee Regional Park – on the western side of the Nepean River, Yarramundi.
• Manly Dam – experienced riders only
What guarantee is there that Wylde will reopen?
Western Sydney Parklands Trust is committed to ensuring the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail continues to operate in the Parklands following the completion of the M12 Motorway.
How much will it cost to reconstruct or replace Wylde?
The cost of reconstructing or replacing Wylde is yet to be determined and will depend on the final design.
Who will design the reconstruction or replacement of the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail?
Western Sydney Parklands Trust will work with Roads and Maritime, Bicycle NSW and the original design consultants for Wylde mountain bike trail to design any modifications to the trail.
Who will build any changes or replacement of the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail?
The potential construction of Wylde Mountain Bike Trail will be subject to a competitive tender process which will commence following the final design of the trail.
If the Wylde Trail needs to be replaced, will the new Wylde trail be in the same location?
The Trust intends to rebuild the modified mountain bike trail in a similar location to the original Trail.
If the Wylde Trail needs to be replaced, will the new Trail have a different design?
The new Wylde Trail will be redesigned as the existing trails are impacted by the M12 Motorway. The redesign will provide an opportunity to improve elements of the Wylde Trail, and the Trust will seek input from Bicycle NSW, the original Wylde designers and the mountain biking community to help shape the final design.
If the Wylde Trail needs to be replaced, will the new Trail be the same distance?
It is expected that the new Wylde Mountain Bike Trail will be the equivalent of the current 12-kilometre track.
If the Wylde Trail needs to be replaced, will the new Trail cater to all riding abilities and ages?
Yes, any changes to the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail will ensure that the Trail continues to cater for all riding abilities (beginner, intermediate, competent and advanced mountain bike riders). All riders under 16 years should only ride the Trail in the company of an adult.
How will people access the Trail after construction of the M12 is complete? / Will the entrance be modified?
The entrance to Wylde Mountain Bike Trail may need to be modified depending on the final design of the M12 Motorway. It is expected the entrance will remain in a similar location within the Parklands (near Range Road, off Elizabeth Drive, Cecil Park, NSW).
Will the opening times change?
It is expected that the opening hours of Wylde Mountain Bike Trail will remain the same (sunrise to sunset) with the hours published on Western Sydney Parklands Trust’s Wylde Mountain Bike Trail Facebook group.
Did Western Sydney Parklands Trust agree to the M12 route?
Roads and Maritime have consulted with Western Sydney Parklands Trust during the route planning process. As part of these discussions, Roads and Maritime agreed to relocate the M12 route adjacent to Elizabeth Drive, to minimise the impact on the Southern Parklands. The Trust continues to work with Roads and Maritime to achieve a design that does not preclude the Trusts’ vision for the Parklands.
Will the Mountain Bike Community be consulted in the design of a modified or replacement Trail?
Yes, Western Sydney Parklands Trust will consult Bicycle NSW and the mountain bike community on any changes to the Trail.
Where can I get more information or provide feedback on changes to Wylde?
Roads and Maritime is currently seeking community feedback on the preliminary design and access strategy for the M12 Motorway.
To register your feedback, or to find out more please visit:
Phone: 1800 703 457
Mail: The M12 Motorway, Roads and Maritime Services, PO BOX 973, Parramatta CBD NSW 2124
What does Wylde Mountain Bike Trail currently offer riders?
Wylde Mountain Bike Trail includes:
• Kids Loop - Small loop for beginners and inexperienced riders.
• 3km Loop - Single trail. Also, suitable beginners and inexperienced riders.
• 6km Loop - Single trail for higher level of skill and fitness.
• 12km Loop - Higher level of skill and fitness
• Jump Run - Two separate take-off mounds and many steps, for practice.
• Pump Track - Track mounds for practice before entering the MTB Trail.
• Shelters and Facilities: There are two shelters, plus viewing areas. There are also three water bubblers and a bike wash down facility.
• Parking: Parking is available in marked bays. Bays are marked by signs and symbols and time restrictions apply in some areas.
• Toilets: Facilities are available at the Trail.
What is the history of Wylde Mountain Bike Trail?
The history of Wylde Mountain Bike Trail is:
- 2009 – 2011: Western Sydney Mountain Bike Club lobbied Government and the Trust to provide the mountain bike track.
- 2011- Planning started including feasibility studies to identify an appropriate site.
- 2012 -2014 - Trail design and construction in consultation with Bicycle NSW and mountain bike groups assessed a number of options in the area.
- August 2014 – Wylde Mountain Bike Trail officially opened.