New cycleway and footpath linking Lidcombe to Sydney Olympic Park, called the Pippita Rail Trail

7NEWS Australia published this video item, entitled “New cycleway and footpath linking Lidcombe to Sydney Olympic Park, called the Pippita Rail Trail” – below is their description.

An old rail line considered a ‘waste of space’ at Homebush Bay is to be given a new life. It will be revitalised to connect tens of thousands of residents to Sydney Olympic Park.

The Abattoirs Line serviced the industrial area at Homebush Bay, where Sydney Olympic Park is now.

“The idea for this to become an active transport link came from the community. It was Andrew Moss, a local community member, who had a great idea in the public spaces competition. The idea came from the community…our vision is for it to be an active transport link…part of this grant funding is going to Cumberland Council to all the detailed design work as to what needs to be done to make this a permanent active transport link between Lidcombe station and Sydney Olympic Park” – Active Transport Minister Rob Stokes.

The original rail line serviced the state brickworks, state abattoirs and Homebush saleyards. Trains stopped at Flemington Goods Junction, Pippita, Metropolitan Meat Platforms, JCT saleyards, Salesyards, Thorpes, Abattoirs and Brickworks railway stations.

The NSW Government’s ‘Get NSW Active’ scheme will fund an upgrade of the old Abattoirs rail line to create a 2km shared pathway that will connect 20,000 Lidcombe residents to existing parks and public spaces.

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