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Transformed Goods Line walkway connects Sydney’s Railway Square to Darling Harbour

Transformed Goods Line walkway connects Sydney’s Railway Square to Darling Harbour
August 30, 2015

The Goods Line, a new, innovative urban corridor and open space, linking Sydney's Railway Square with the suburb of Ultimo and the city's Darling Harbour, has been opened.

Inspired by New York's High Line, the high-rise public walkway and recreation space rejuvenates a 500-metre rail corridor into a vibrant pedestrian walkway and cycle path, featuring recreational and entertainment spaces, grassed areas, a children’s water playground, table tennis tables, seating (including a communal table) and study pods nestled in trees.

Built at a cost of $15 million, the transformed outdoor space will also be the platform for future pop-events.

At four metres above ground The Goods Line also provides uninterrupted pedestrian access to Darling Harbour from Central Railway Station.

For nearly 150 years the short ribbon of railway between Central Station and Darling Harbour was one of Sydney's main trade routes. However, it had been unused for decades.

Its transformation as a new urban pedestrian corridor and open space, was undertaken by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, with plans for the project drawn up design group ASPECT in partnership with CHROFI‚Äč architects.

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes said The Goods Line will be a link to the arts, education and cultural institutions dotted around the Ultimo and Darling Harbour area, stating "this urban corridor will connect more than 80,000 tertiary students and visitors to Darling Harbour's major harbourside attractions, world-class bars, cafes, restaurants and attractions, bolstering the precinct's annual $800 million contribution to the visitor economy."

Minister Stokes added that the project would deepen the city's "green grid" of parks and open spaces while also bringing economic benefits by improving the value of properties throughout the broader Haymarket area.

The new walkway follows a range of major developments on the city's western edge, backing onto the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney's Broadway campus and running along the edge of the new International Convention Centre, Sydney (ICC Sydney) construction site.

Click here to view The Goods Line project page on the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority website.

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