On Sunday, Sydney locals walked a key inner-city corridor for the first time since 1855.
For 129 years the Goods Line carried some of Australia’s most important commodities: coal, shale, wheat and timber. By the time the train line was put to bed in the 1980s, gone was heavy industry and in its place were cultural institutions including the ABC studios, the Powerhouse museum and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Construction of a $15m revitalisation project commissioned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority that would open public access to the former rail line, began in April 2014 and opened quietly over the weekend, with children playing in the small water park and locals soaking up sun on the grassy knolls.
Speaking from the Goods Line on Sunday, co-architect John Choi of Chrofi architects said locals had turned up and were “taking their shoes off, as if it’s their front lawn”.
It has been a century and a half since the 500m passageway – linking Central Station’s Devonshire Street tunnel to the Powerhouse museum – has seen pedestrian access, so it’s little wonder locals have been clamouring to use it. […]