Gosford ‘Glow’ Path lights the way
25 August 2014
Joint release with:
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.