New England Highway and rail bridge upgrade at Gowrie Gates

Roads and Maritime Services together with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) are progressing plans for an upgrade of the Singleton railway underpass. The widened underpass would improve road and rail freight access through the Hunter Valley.

Rail bridge over the New England Highway, Singleton

Updates and announcements

ARTC have invited expressions of interest to tender for the project. The tender will include replacement of the existing rail bridge, associated track work and upgrade of the New England Highway.

Project background

The New England Highway through Singleton is part of the National Land Transport Network and is the main arterial connection between Newcastle and the Upper Hunter.

The Main Northern Railway bridge over the highway north of Singleton at the Gowrie Gates restricts access for wide load heavy vehicles.

Roads and Maritime, together with ARTC, are progressing plans to replace the rail bridge to provide increased horizontal clearance to accommodate two travel lanes with wide sealed shoulders and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The upgrade will provide for continued light and heavy vehicle access to Singleton. Freight access would still be required if a future bypass of the town is built.

Key features

  • New rail bridge over the New England Highway providing a minimum 5.3 metre vertical clearance
  • Rebuilding and widening about 260 metres of the New England Highway to provide two 3.5 metre lanes
  • Providing three metre shoulders along the highway through this section to bring the road up to current road safety standards
  • Relaying up to 200 metres of rail track.

Project objectives

  • Improve access and travel times for over-dimension freight movements on the New England Highway
  • Minimise disruptions to freight movements on the highway and the movement of bulk coal on the Main Northern Line
  • Improve road safety for all road users.

Next steps

The detailed design contract to replace the rail bridge over the New England Highway at Singleton has been awarded to SMEC Pty Ltd. Detailed design is expected to be completed in August 2017.

ARTC have invited expressions of interest to tender for the project. The tender will include replacement of the existing rail bridge, associated track work and upgrade of the New England Highway.

ARTC and Roads and Maritime will continue to keep stakeholders and the community informed as the project progresses.

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