Council looks at Logan Village to Yarrabilba walking and bike path along old railway line

A STRETCH of disused railway line from Logan Village to Yarrabilba could be transformed into a bike trail and walking path thanks to an expansion of the state government's rail trail program.

With a $200,000 grant - the first to be awarded under the expanded program - Logan City Council will undertake a feasibility study on a 3.2 kilometre shared pathway along the line to encourage active transport for residents and the community.

Logan City Council director of strategy and sustainability, David Hansen said the trail would provide a link with the heritage character of Logan Village and connect to the growing suburb of Yarrabilba.

"This project...has the capacity to enhance the tourism potential to key nodes within Logan Village and Yarrabilba," he said.

"The rail trail will link both centres for enhanced connectivity and activation, encouraging active transport opportunities for residents and the broader community and will provide economic benefit to the local businesses by facilitating potential tourism and economic opportunities within the region."

After launching the state's first-ever walking strategy last month, communities across Queensland can now apply for grants to transform council land into recreational trails.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said more than $3.35 million had already been committed to rail trail projects and studies throughout the state.

Bicycle Queensland spokesperson Andrew Demack said rail trails had been a great success over the past five years.

"We're excited to see developments across the state that will give opportunities for visitors and locals alike to enjoy cycling along a rail trail free of motorised traffic along scenic and historic corridors," Mr Demack said.