Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Gosford ‘Glow’ Path lights the way

Media Release

WT155/2014

25 August 2014

Joint release with:

Lucy Wicks

Federal Member for Robertson

Gosford is home to an Australian first, with today's official launch of the Gosford ‘Glow in the dark’ Footpath.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the footpath was designed to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists near an adjacent rail line.

“The minerals used in the ‘glow path’ absorb ultra-violet light during the day so that a soft glow is emitted at night,” Mr Truss said.

“This glow in the dark feature will make the footpath a lot safer for pedestrians, as well as nearby residents.

“It will encourage pedestrians and cyclists to take safe routes across the nearby rail corridor and will improve connectivity to the surrounding footpath network.

“The glow in the dark technology will also be a more economical alternative to installing powered lighting to service the footpath.”

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said the footpath project was part of the $146.5 million Gosford Passing Loops Project which involved the construction of two overtaking lanes for the trains between Gosford and Narara Stations to allow faster passenger services.

“The project team also installed a 720 metre long section of footpath along Showground Road which will connect with the existing footpath network,” Ms Wicks said.

“Local residents, commuters, school students and families using the nearby community facilities will benefit greatly from these paths.”

Both footpath projects have been developed in consultation with Gosford City Council.

The Australian Government is providing $840 million of the $1.1 billion Northern Sydney Freight Corridor program to improve rail capacity and allow faster passenger train services to overtake freight train services.

The Gosford Passing Loops project is one of four projects within this program.