NSW Budget: $3.9 million for John Whitton Bridge

Media release | 19 June 2017

John Whitton Bridge, linking Meadowbank and Rhodes across the Parramatta River, will undergo a major $3.9 million redevelopment as part of the NSW Government’s 2017-18 Budget.

Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the investment would fund critical structural work, as well as cleaning and painting to help extend the life of the bridge.

“First built in 1886 as part of the Main Northern Railway line, the John Whitton Bridge is a State Significant Heritage Asset and an important part of Sydney’s history,” Mr Toole said.

“This $3.9 million redevelopment of the bridge and walkway will benefit the pedestrians and cyclists that use it on a daily basis.”

The Department of Industry – Lands and Forestry is also calling for tenders to install solar lights along the length of the bridge. Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said the announcement today follows a community campaign for lighting on the bridge.

“I presented a petition to Minister Toole calling for lighting and safety issues to be addressed as part of the refurbishment and I am pleased our campaign has been supported,” Mr Dominello said.

“Pedestrians and cyclists using the shared path will soon be able to enjoy a safer evening commute as initial works on the bridge commence over the coming months.”

Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti said the investment was a fitting tribute to John Whitton, who designed the bridge and was Engineer-in-Charge of the NSW Government Railways from 1856 to 1890.

“John Whitton left Sydney and NSW a remarkable legacy, having overseen massive growth of the railways in the 1800s,” Mr Sidoti said.

“The bridge played a key role in providing an inland connection between Sydney and Newcastle, but today it’s a much-valued connection between Meadowbank and Rhodes.”

Tenders for lighting close on Friday 7 July 2017.

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