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Sydney Harbour Bridge rail deck to be replaced

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The rail deck on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will be replaced during January 2021.

A 10 day shutdown of the line in early January will allow for the current timber deck to replaced with a concrete structure, said Sydney Trains acting chief executive Suzanne Holden.

“This is a unique opportunity to improve the reliability of the rail corridor on a much loved Australian icon. While we continue to invest in new technology to improve customer service, it is vital that we continue to maintain our significant historical assets,” she said.

NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said that as a critical point in the Sydney heavy rail network, the upgrade would enable more efficient services over the Sydney Harbour Bridge for years ahead.

“This work will ensure we continue to provide an efficient network for commuters and is a once in a generation opportunity to extend the life of the 88-year-old railway corridor by 120 years.”

Buses will replace trains over the Harbour Bridge while this major upgrade is conducted, said Transport for NSW COO Howard Collings.

“While we traditionally see 40 per cent fewer customers travelling at this time of year, buses aren’t able to match the speed or capacity of the train network, so we strongly encourage everyone to plan ahead, allow extra travel time and consider using the many alternative services we’re operating,” Collins said.

“High frequency rail replacement bus routes would also target the most popular trips and additional temporary trips would be added to the bus and ferry network.”