Greenway and Light Rail can and should co-exist: Greens

 

Media release

30 September 2009

The Marrickville Greens councillors today voiced their belief that the old Dulwich Hill goods line corridor has enough room for lightrail, cyclists, pedestrians and nature.

“A combination of light rail, bikes and pedestrians has always been a vision supported by The Greens, Marrickville Council and the surrounding community,” said Marrickville Greens Councillor, Max Phillips.

“Light rail and active pedestrian areas co-exist all over the world, including Melbourne and in Sydney’s China Town.  The Greens want to see these uses co-exist along the Greenway route.

“I think the only impediment to this project being a success for these transport modes is state government funding.”

“Marrickville and other Councils have agreed to part fund a feasibility study and participate in the steering committee, though with the understanding that they were satisfied with the study’s terms of reference.”

“Unfortunately, the study brief was advertised by the State Government without an initial meeting of the steering committee or an opportunity for input into the study brief.

“Any feasibility study should include all configuations for consideration.  It would be silly to discard any particular option before having an objective look at the facts and feasibility.

“We should be looking at maximizing the use of the corridor for both light rail and cycle path and a green link between the Cooks River and Iron Cove.

“The Greens are confident that any compatibility issues between the light rail, bikes and pedestrians can be overcome with engineering or operational solutions.

“The Greens want  to ensure the feasibility study goes ahead with an eye for achieving the best outcome for residents of the Inner West.”

Contact: Councillor Max Phillips 0419 444 916

 

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