Together we can use a disused rail line to provide a separated bicycle path between Lutana and Glenorchy



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The problem

Lutana and Goodwood do not have safe bicycle access to Glenorchy.

Riding a bicycle to Glenorchy and Moonah, where most of the shops, schools and services are involves having to cross the Brooker Highway.

There is no safe, separated riding and walking access between the popular commuter route of the Intercity Cycleway and the suburbs of Lutana and Goodwood. 

Lutana and Goodwood have limited shopping, services and schools available so residents need to get to Glenorchy and Moonah. 

To ride a bicycle involves having to cross the Brooker Highway and riding on roads without any bicycle infrastructure.

The solution

A disused railway spur provides the perfect, separated connection between Lutana and Glenorchy.

A disused spur of the old railway line (approximately 2km long) connects the Intercity Cycleway, east–west, to Moonah Primary School; the residential areas of Lutana, Goodwood, Derwent Park and East Moonah; the Prince of Wales Bay soccer grounds; and the Lutana industrial area (Nyrstar zinc smelter and other heavy industry).

It could provide a safe, separated cycling and walking link over the Brooker Highway for residents, workers and students.

A connecting path around the shoreline at the soccer grounds could energise this park as a picnic and recreation area.

This pathway was included in


  • Glenorchy Council in August 2022 repurposed a grant it received to progress the “Zinc Link” due to concerns about the bridge over the Brooker Hwy. The council has voted to keep progressing the link but has removed it from immediate capital works plans.
  • Glenorchy Council’s draft plan for Prince of Wales Bay includes the Lutana Link – to support the proposal comment before 23 August 2021 via the council website:
  • A local group of residents, the Lutana Link Group, has been lobbying all levels of government to protect the reserved status of the land and to promote a shared path. The initiative was profiled in The Mercury 12 August 2014. There have been public meetings and a video fly through was produced by Bicycle Network Tasmania.

    The land is owned by TasRail. For TasRail to hand over the line, it needs a group with a business plan to seek the responsibility. The Glenorchy Council has shown interest in the past and has done some designs and costings.


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Collective action makes a difference. Join the campaign – together we complete Glenorchy’s missing link. 

The easier we can make it for people to ride bikes or walk, the easier it is for people to make the choice to leave the car at home, which benefits everyone.

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