The Goods Line

The Goods Line is a shared pedestrian and cycle path, and green public space, connecting Ultimo with Darling Harbour. It’s surrounded by some of Sydney’s most important cultural, educational and media institutions, such as the ABC, UTS, TAFE and the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse).

The line provides a traffic-free, accessible thoroughfare from Central Station to Darling Harbour. It connects more than 80,000 tertiary students, locals and visitors to the many major attractions of Sydney’s much-loved Darling Harbour.

There are a number of mixed-use spaces to enjoy. Visitors can picnic at the dining tables or bask in the sunshine in the green, grassy spaces. There are table tennis tables, study pods amongst the trees, and a children’s water play area with a sand pit shaded by fig trees. It’s the perfect place to take a break in the middle of the busy city and just enjoy the tranquil surrounds.

It is also a new public space for pop-up events, invigorating and bringing new activity into the precinct. For example, the amphitheatre at the Mary Ann Street stairs offers an opportunity for outdoor movies and performances.

You will notice old railways tracks as you walk through The Goods Line. That’s because it’s the site of an old rail corridor, part of a busy freight rail system that first opened in 1855.

This rail line ran from Dulwich Hill on the Bankstown line, to Rozelle and Darling Harbour Yards, finishing at Sydney Yard (Central Station), with major rail yards at Rozelle and Darling Harbour.

The section from Balmain Road to Sydney Yard was closed when Darling Harbour Yard was redeveloped into the Darling Harbour of today. Much of the line around Darling Harbour has been re-used for the Sydney Light Railway.

Now if we are capable of building this sort of infrastructure a plus for the city, why on earth are we building WestCONnex a road that will destroy communities bring more cars into the city. We could spending the 15.4 billion dollars on Women’s shelters, schools, hospital beds, public transport, people friendly precincts. WestCOnnex this is the greatest transfer of public money into private hands we have ever witnessed…..WHY?

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