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This railway bridge at Rifle Range Rd, Bangalow, is to be removed after the state government determined the underbridge has 'reached the end of life limit'. Photo John Holland
This railway bridge at Rifle Range Rd, Bangalow, is to be removed after the state government determined the underbridge has ‘reached the end of life limit’. Photo John Holland

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.

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  1. There will be no affect on either rail or the rail trail as the bridge had to be removed in replaced anyway. If anything, it has made it cheaper for both rail and trail, as money would have to be spent to remove it.

    Oh and the other bridge to be removed was not at South Lismore, it was at Woodlawn.

  2. The bridge goes for the safety of school children who wait on Lismore Road to catch the school bus each morning. As it is constitutes an accident waiting to happen as cars pass that point at 100 km even though they are not permitted to do so.
    This has been due for years way back to Michael Molly days.
    Check Council’s web site as Council resolved some time ago for this to occur.

    Ordinary Meeting Agenda 13/06/13
    Notice of Motion No. 8.2. Rifle Range Road intersection with Lismore Road, Bangalow
    I move that Council receive a report on issues arising in Bangalow at the intersection of Rifle
    5 Range Road and Lismore Road, including issues of bus-stop safety and shelter; pedestrian access
    and crossings; relocating the transition of speed limits; bicycle access and bikeways; road
    condition and drainage problems.
    Signed: Cr Duncan Dey


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