Minister won't stop rumours of cycleway axing

THE Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, is raising fears that a long-planned cycle path and walkway from the Cooks River to Iron Cove could be the victim of early budget cuts by the new government.

The inner west GreenWay was to have been built along the extension of the light rail line from the Lilyfield terminus to a new stop at Dulwich Hill.

But, while Ms Berejiklian has committed to the light rail extension, she is refusing to douse rumours the government will scrap the GreenWay to save money and speed up construction.

If the government does not commit to the GreenWay, tipped to cost an extra $30 million, it will be a blow to community members and councils who have already devoted time and money restoring vegetation along the corridor.

The former government signed off on planning approval for the light rail extension and GreenWay in February.

Early planning documents put the cost of the project – the light rail line and the GreenWay – at $150 million.

For the most part, the GreenWay is planned to run directly along the light-rail extension in a disused freight corridor.

Labor and Greens politicians from the area, including the former deputy premier Carmel Tebbutt and the Greens mayor of Marrickville, Fiona Byrne, have condemned any backdown on the GreenWay

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