Photo credit: Transport for NSW
Researchers from the University of Western Sydney watched with anticipation as Australia’s longest stretch of green trail came to life.
The initiative is part of the New South Wales government’s $2.8 billion Parramatta light rail project, which will see 1.3 kilometers of greenway installed on three sections of the route: Robin Thomas Reserve from Parramatta and Tramway Avenue, as well as the Cumberland district.
Urban design experts from the University published a review of the viability of establishing the greenway under the project in 2018.
The study’s author, Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch of the School of Social Sciences, said the greenway project is a powerful example of the application of progressive and modern urban design principles to help mitigate the heat.
“The project represents an important opportunity to demonstrate how responsible urban design can be implemented to simultaneously improve local mobility and environmental sustainability,” said Associate Professor Pfautsch.
“Our viability study has confirmed that the green run will perform important environmental functions that will enhance the amenity and ecology of the local area.”
Associate Professor Pfautsch explained that a greenway is a layer of vegetation consisting of turf, grasses or ground cover, planted in light railway beds, and commonly found in countries across Europe. central.
“The ecological benefits of green platforms include the potential to reduce carbon footprint by replacing concrete, mitigating urban heat, reducing stormwater runoff and increasing biodiversity,” he said. .
“To maximize the benefits of the greenway in Parramatta, our study has identified the best design and plant species to provide a good soil cover of the track bed that withstands the pressures of city life while requiring little maintenance.”
Associate Professor Pfautsch further pointed out that further research into cooling and green space initiatives should go hand-in-hand with key infrastructure projects in Sydney’s west.
“There is a real opportunity to bring the community, researchers, industry and government together to begin to address some of the pressing challenges facing our region, including increasing heat and safeguarding and expanding critical green spaces. “, did he declare.
Recently recognized at the NSW AILA Landscape Architecture Awards 2022, the Green Trail Research Study won the Infrastructure and Research, Policy and Communication categories. It has now been submitted for the National AILA Awards.
Parramatta Light Rail Stage 1 will link Westmead with Carlingford via Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is due to open in 2023.
Download and read ‘Green Track for Parramatta Light Rail: A Review’ here.