New England Highway Cycleway, Highfields to Toowoomba CBD (Stages 1,2 & 3) – locally known as the Highfields Bikeway

The Highfields Bikeway project involves delivering a bikeway connecting Highfields to Toowoomba to provide a safer and more accessible active transport option.

The Highfields bikeway will be built in several stages. Construction of stage 1 of the bikeway was completed in December 2020 and installed a 3m wide, 2-lane path from Mitchell Road to Toowoomba Christian College and a connection from McShane Drive, Mt Kynoch, to Dwyer Street, Harlaxton. 

Stage 2 finished detailed design in September 2021 and will connect Toowoomba Christian College to Hi Winds Road. This stage of the bikeway is proposed to follow the New England Highway.

Planning for Stage 3 is underway, with preliminary designs expected to be completed by December 2022. The third stage of the bikeway will connect the path from Hi Winds Road to John French VC Bridge.

Construction of stages 2 and 3 have not been programmed at this time.

The new bikeway is a priority location under the Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017-2027.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth
  • Better active transport
  • Improves ride quality

Key features

  • The new bikeway allows residents of surrounding suburbs a safe and accessible active transport option.
  • A new 3m wide, 2-lane bikeway.
  • Priority crossings on side roads to protect vulnerable users of the bikeway.

Funding

Highfields Bikeway—Stage 1 was $12.2 million (Investment ID 11603, QTRIP 2020-21 to 2023-24)
Highfields Bikeway—Stage 2 planning and design is $880,000 (Investment ID 1566603)
Highfields Bikeway—Stage 3 planning is $470,000 (Investment ID 1977221)

Total investment
$13.55 million
Queensland Government
$13.55 million

Current status

Construction of Highfields Bikeway – Stage 1 was completed in December 2020.

Design of Highfields Bikeway – Stage 2 is currently underway and will be completed in September 2021.

Design of Highfields Bikeway – Stage 3 is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

Map of the project area