Feedback urged on Pippita Rail Trail

THOUSANDS of people will soon have a new way to travel between Lidcombe to Sydney Olympic Park, with plans for the proposed Pippita Rail Trail revealed.

Cumberland Council has released the plans and is encouraging locals to share their thoughts on the project’s vision for the new connection between Lidcombe Train Station and 430 hectares of recreational facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.
Cumberland Mayor Lisa Lake said the Pippita Rail Trail reflected the council’s commitment to creating an active, vibrant and inclusive community.
“As part of the council’s long term strategic vision for Cumberland, the Pippita Rail Trail will offer a unique opportunity for cycling or walking directly from Lidcombe to Sydney Olympic Park, allowing residents and visitors to explore our outdoor spaces, socialise and discover our local history along the way,” she said.
More than 20,000 Lidcombe residents will be able to walk and ride on the proposed trail which will connect to existing local parks and public spaces in and around Sydney Olympic Park.
The proposed design for the walking and riding trail will transform what was the former Abattoir Branch railway line.
It once serviced the State Abattoirs, State Brick Works and Homebush Saleyards with stations including Pippita, Metropolitan Meat Platforms, Saleyards, Abattoirs and Brickworks.
NSW Transport Minister Jo Haylen said the new 2.4 kilometre path would give people a new way to move between home and work, public transport hubs, food and dining precincts, stadiums and public spaces.
“This transformation will create a destination that locals can use every day, and people from all over Sydney can visit and enjoy, while recognising the rich history of the area’s former railway line,” she said.
The masterplan and concept designs were prepared based on community feedback and residents can have their say until Sunday, March 10, at