The project was initially divided into two sections: a southern section, from Awabakal Avenue at Blacksmiths to Hilda Street at Belmont South, and a northern section from the end of the Fernleigh Track at Belmont to Hilda Street.
Construction of the FAST project's southern section began in April 2021 and was completed to schedule in August 2022. The northern section route was announced in October 2021, with this part of the project further broken down into two distinct parts: the middle section, from Ocean Park Road in the north to the start of the southern section on the Pacific Highway, and a northern section from the end of the existing Fernleigh Track to Ocean Park Road.
Work on the middle section began in July 2023, including closing Green Street between Harry Street and Arthur Street to traffic to allow for construction of the shared path. Both Harry and Arthur Streets will become permanent cul-de-sacs (see detailed plans at the bottom of this page for further information). These works will be undertaken by Council crews and are due to be completed by April 2024.
Council began work on the northern section in September 2023, starting at Ocean Park Road and Cold Tea Creek. Work on this section is due to be completed by April 2024, marking completion of the entire project.
The already completed southern section of the project includes:
- new concrete shared pathway
- safety barrier separating shared pathway users and highway traffic
- upgraded bus stops along its length
An on-road cycling lane has also been maintained along the Pacific Highway for faster, more confident riders.
The FAST project includes construction of a new amenities building that opened in August, 2022, on the existing Fernleigh Track, near the Belmont terminus.