The purpose of this section is to highlight 3 major factors that have made ‘Rail Trails Work’ around the world. Rail trails throughout the world have proven to become and continue to be, of major importance to the regions surrounding them. They provide a platform to grow new businesses, create essential jobs and provide Economic benefit, whilst providing a valued Community amenity that promotes healthy exercise and well-being. Thirdly by way of Rail Banking, this is the reuse of disused and deteriorating publicly owned railway assets. The land becomes a rail bank and remains in public ownership, and therefore secures it for any future public transport needs.

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Economic Benefits

Examples of Economic Impact of Rail Trails around the World:

Case Study 1: New Zealand Cycle Trails

Hauraki Rail Trail
There are now 22 “Great Rides” in operation across the country, all of them achieving significant economic benefits for the local communities… Read Case Study

Case Study 2: Australian Rail Trails

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Eurobin
In Australia, rail trails are becoming important tourism attractions. There are currently more than 100 rail trails in Australia, ranging in length from 0.5km to more than 1,000km (RailTrails Australia, 2014)… Read Case Study

Case Study 3: Rail Trails in America

Virginia Creeper Trail
The United States is served by the widest and longest web of rail trails in the world, with more than 14,000 rail trails in the country, ranging from less than 1km to over 300km (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 2014)… Read Case Study

Community & Health Benefits

The Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail in Victoria provides a great place for families to engage in healthy, interesting activities together. Kids love the rail trail!
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