The old Casino to Murwillumbah rail line is set to be severed for a third time after the NSW Government decided a wooden railway bridge at Rifle Range Road, Bangalow, has ‘reached the the end of life limit on certain bridge elements’.
Residents living adjacent to the works received notification about the removal last week.
It is likely to cause further concern to advocates of returning rail to the line and its impact on the proposed rail trail is unknown at this stage.
The work will be undertaken by John Holland Rail, which is contracted to ‘maintain’ the Country Regional Network.
The removal of the underbridge and installation of guardrails will commence on July 2 and is expected to take about eight days.
Rifle Range Road access will be closed during the works.
Similar bridge removals were conducted last year at South Lismore and Binna Burra.
Just months ago Byron Shire Council narrowly averted having a railway crossing short cut to the council chambers demolished after John Holland decided it was poorly built and dangerous.
Residents can phone 1300 661 390 if they have any issues or concerns about the removal process or email [email protected]
Echonetdaily‘s call to John Holland rail was not returned.