Trains will not be able to cross the Sydney Harbor Bridge in the first ten days of next year, with the 88-year-old railroad corridor completely replaced.
the main points:
- The wooden deck of the bridge will be replaced by a concrete structure
- Bus services will operate from North Sydney to replace trains
- The New South Wales government says the New Year’s Eve celebrations will not be affected
The wood surface will be traded for a concrete structure; The replacement, which will see no trains passing through the bridge during the first ten days of January
Susan Holden, Acting CEO of Sydney Trains, said the mega-project took five years.
“This is a very innovative approach to dealing with our famous bridge and making sure that we extend the life of the railways by 120 years,” she said.
“It’s huge work. We’re going to work around the clock to make sure we’re really making the most of the 10 days.”
“We designed this until the last minute.”
In the hat’s introduction to the history of the bridge, new concrete sections are being assembled together at the Cholora Railway workshops – the same facility used to assemble bridge components in the 1930s.
New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the decline in bridge use during the New Year period provided an ideal opportunity to complete the work.
He said: “Usually in the first two weeks of January, care decreased by 40 percent, and of course with Corona virus, the numbers decreased even more.”
“We will operate bus services from North Sydney to various points around the city and replace trains that would cross the bridge.
“This is against another backdrop, as during the entire summer we provide an additional 1,200 services throughout the week.”
He said the Harbor Bridge Railroad closure would not affect revelers returning home from New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“Obviously, we will provide the necessary transportation services based on the restrictions that will be in place in relation to New Year’s Eve, with the realization that people will be needed if they come to town to be booked in jobs and what you have.”
“We are working closely with NSW Health in designing that response.”