Disused Sydney freight track transformed into public space
By Stu Robarts
April 7, 2014
Work has begun on transforming an area in Sydney, Australia into a new public space. The Goods Line is a disused rail track that was used for transporting freight. Now, inspired by New York's High Line project, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is working with Aspect Studios and Chrofi to reinvigorate the space.
The High Line is a public park built on a former rail line that ran above the streets of Manhattan. When the raised structure was under threat of demolition, a group was formed with the aim of reclaiming it for the public use. The first part of High Line was opened in 2009 and has been credited with inspiring other similar projects across the world.
The Goods Line stretches for 500 m (1,640 ft) in total, but is split into two sections – the Goods Line North and the Goods Line South. Last month, work began on the Goods Line North, which runs between from Ultimo Rail underbridge to the Powerhouse Museum. It is expected to be completed in November, to coincide with the opening of the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Business School.
Designed by Aspect Studios and Choi Ropiha Fighera, it is aimed at reinterpreting the original rail corridor, underbridge and signal box. It will feature a variety of different spaces that will cater for activities such as gigs, pop-up events, recreation and study. It will also improve pedestrian and cycle access from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour.
The Goods Line South will be redeveloped following the completion of the northern section. A feasibility study is also being conducted on the possibility of extending the Goods Line further.
The video below shows what the finished space will be like.