'IMPROVE don't REMOVE' Memorial Park footbridge, Woodford NSW

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The NSW Transport Minister has recently confirmed Sydney Trains plan to remove Memorial Park Footbridge in Woodford NSW-despite community, council and State Member representations calling for the retention and repair of the historic bridge.

The footbridge provides an important pedestrian link for the village and is used regularly by locals and visitors to access Memorial Park, the train station, the village centre, Wilson's Glen bushwalk and numerous residential properties on the southside of the railway line.

The current structure dates from c.1958, when the rail line was electrified - but prior to that there was a bridge in this location since at least c.1919. The bridge was only delisted by Sydney trains from it's heritage register in 2009. Sydney trains have not responded to community requests for a site meeting to discuss the importance of the footbridge to local walking routes, nor have they provided requested advice on the cost of improving vs removing the bridge.

The NSW Government has acknowledged walking as a 'key transport mode' and has committed to 'improving the experience of customers who already walk and encouraging more people to travel on foot more often ... (to) bring health benefits to individuals, and free up capacity on our roads and public transport system.' (Sydney's Walking Future Dec 2013)

We the undersigned, call on the Transport Minister to honour this commitment to encourage walking and 'IMPROVE don't REMOVE' Woodford's historic pedestrian footbridge.