NSW Premier Kristina Keneally this week announced the new light rail extension between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill will form a "GreenWay" – a mixed-use and integrated transport corridor.
"The new GreenWay is a first for Sydney – it will ensure the corridor has a 'mixed use' for families, commuters, cyclists, walkers and joggers," Ms Keneally said. "People will be able to walk or cycle from the Cooks River to Iron Cove, through Canterbury, Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt Council areas," Ms Keneally said.
Ms Keneally, Transport Minister John Robertson, Member for Balmain, Verity Firth and Member for Marrickville, Carmel Tebbutt launched details of the works on Monday.
The 5.2 kilometre extension forms Stage One of the $500 million light rail expansion plan as detailed in the Metropolitan Transport Plan which was released in February this year. Stage Two consists of an extension of light rail from Central to Circular Quay through the CBD.
The light rail extension will be constructed along the old freight corridor between Lilyfield and Dulwich, which Ms Keneally said would "significantly improve transport for commuters."
"At the same time, we want to ensure the corridor can benefit the whole community with the incorporation of a cycling and walking path, as well as retain critical bushcare sites along the extension," Ms Keneally said.
Construction on the GreenWay will be undertaken concurrently with work on the light rail line and is expected to be completed within two years.
Nine stops have been identified. The recommended stops are:
- Leichhardt North (west of James St, adjacent to Darley St and City West Link Rd);
- Hawthorne (between Darley Rd, close to Lyall St and Hawthorne Canal);
- Marion (north of the overbridge crossing of Marion St, close to Lambert Park);
- Taverners Hill (northern side of Parramatta Rd overbridge, just east of Battle Bridge over Hawthorne Canal);
- Lewisham West (south of Longport St overbridge);
- Waratah Mills (north of Davis St overbridge);
- Arlington (adjacent to Johnson Park, north of Constitution Rd overbridge);
- Dulwich Grove (between New Canterbury Rd and Hercules St overbridges); and
- Dulwich Hill Interchange (adjacent to Dulwich Hill railway station).