In the 1870s NZ Railways built two tunnels that by 1911 were redundant. We want to open the Chain Hills tunnel and Lookout Point tunnels back up to walkers, cyclists, scooters, recreationalists, commuters, and tourists to see a special bit of our Victorian heritage and make it easy for us young or old to connect with each other. The trail will follow the old railway alignment between Wingatui and Caversham, which was in use from 1880 until 1910 It includes 2 currently disused Victorian Railway Tunnels.
The trail will provide an amenity that can be used by everyone. It offers a flat dedicated walking and cycling route with no vehicular traffic connecting the fast growing town of Mosgiel to Dunedin city centre, while passing through and close to suburbs where many potential users of the trail live, such as Fairfield, Abbotsford and Green Island.
As the Southern gateway to the city it will also connect Dunedin to the wider network of trails throughout Otago and the rest of the country.