News

North Lismore rail bridge taken down

MODERNISATION: An excavator dismantles the railway bridge on Woodlawn Rd, North Lismore.
MODERNISATION: An excavator dismantles the railway bridge on Woodlawn Rd, North Lismore. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

IT MIGHT have taken weeks of hard labour to build a century ago, but it was a lazy Sunday afternoon's work to tear it down.

The timber railway bridge over Woodlawn St in North Lismore was demolished yesterday in just a few hours after it was deemed a hazard earlier this year by the NSW Department of Transport.

Opened in 1896, the Wood

lawn St bridge gradually fell into disrepair following the closure of the Murwillumbah to Casino rail line in 2004, until its rotting timbers apparently posed a threat to passing motorists and pedestrians.

It's quite hard to believe just eight years ago the failing bridge had supported trains many times its weight.

But that was another era.

Yesterday it was an excavator with a claw, not a passing train that was the star of the show, while men in safety gear watched on and dump trucks waited to cart the timber away.

The recycled timber will be available for sale at Richmond Sand and Gravel Landscaping Supplies in Elliott Rd, South Lismore.

DEMOLISHED: It took four hours to remove the bridge.
DEMOLISHED: It took four hours to remove the bridge. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

The bridge is the first of two rotting railway bridges scheduled for destruction by the Transport Department, the other one the low clearance bridge at Binna Burra on Bangalow Road.

Work to remove the latter bridge commenced yesterday but will take until next Friday due to heavier traffic along Bangalow Rd.

"Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) is undertaking works at Woodlawn Road Lismore and Lismore Bangalow Road Binna Burra, as part of the NSW Government's rail infrastructure program across the Country Regional Network.

"This work involves removing the two underbridges," a spokesman said.

"Over time, the bridges have sustained damage, particularly the Binna Burra underbridge which currently has low clearance for heavy vehicles. Removal of the bridges will ensure the access roads that pass under these bridges remain safe for use."

Despite calls for the reinstatement of rail services on the track, or the $75.5 million rail trail option supported by the NSW Government, no-one appeared to be missing the old bridge last week. It would have needed a complete reconstruction to even accommodate trains in the future.

It was also not essential to the viability of a rail trail for cyclists and pedestrians, according to Northern Rivers Rail Trail public liaison officer Marie Lawton.

OLD NEWS: Sections of the old timber built in 1896.
OLD NEWS: Sections of the old timber built in 1896.

Topics:  railway



Help Byron band clean up our beaches this week

In Hearts Wake peform at The Northern in Byron Bay.

Find out how to register your interest

How to find elusive Woolworths' Super Discs

Woolworths Marvel Heroes Super Discs are the latest craze in collectibles.

How far would you go to collect all 42 Woolworths' Super Discs?

Flood relief grants welcome news for council

Fixing roads. Richmond Valley Council.

Disaster recovery assistance for roads damaged, on its way

Local Partners

Wonder Woman is a kick-arse superhero romp

WITH so much at stake, thank Zeus that Wonder Woman didn’t fall into the same trap as its DC Extended Universe predecessors.

Everything coming to Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Amazon Prime Video this June

Orange Is The New Black returns for another season.

Find out what's being added to our streaming services in June.

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

Apparently, the answer is no.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!