New England Highway at Gowrie Gates, Singleton, with new rail bridge and road.

New England Highway upgrade and rail bridge replacement at Gowrie Gates

Latest news

JUL 2019

JUL 2019Upgrade completed

The $29 million upgrade was completed and fully open to traffic in July 2019.

Roads and Maritime thanks the community for its patience during the construction of this important upgrade.

View the photo and video galleries of the bridge replacement and road widening work since construction started in April 2018.

Project information

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 North Line rail bridge over the highway, known as Gowrie Gates, restricted access for wide load heavy vehicles.

The existing rail bridge was replaced with a new bridge which provides increased horizontal clearance. This allowed for widening of the highway to accommodate two travel lanes with wide sealed shoulders and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

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

The upgrade was jointly funded by ARTC and the NSW Government with Daracon Group delivering the upgrade under a contract with ARTC.

  • New rail bridge over the New England Highway provides a new minimum 5.4 metre vertical clearance to minimise freight disruptions along the highway
  • Rebuilt and widened around 260 metres of the New England Highway to provide two 3.5 metre lanes and three metre shoulders at the underpass to bring the road up to current road safety standards
  • Re-laid up to 200 metres of rail track for improved rail access.
  • Improved access and travel times for over-sized heavy vehicles on the New England Highway
  • Minimised disruptions to heavy freight vehicles on the highway underpass and trains on the Main North Line
  • Improved road safety for all road users.

Project documents

Community information

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August 2015 project update

New England Highway and rail bridge upgrade at Gowrie Gates.

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June 2015 community update

New England Highway and rail bridge upgrade at Gowrie Gates.

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Reports

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August 2015 submissions report

Upgrade of the rail bridge and New England Highway at Gowrie Gates, Singleton.

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May 2015 review of environmental factors report

Main report

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Appendix A - Concept design drawings.

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Appendix B - Clause 228 and matters of national environmental significance.

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Appendix C - PACHCI clearance letter.

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Appendix D - Consultation and submissions

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Appendix E - Noise and Vibration Assessment.

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Appendix F - Traffic and transport assessment.

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Appendix G - EPBC Act protected matters search report.

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Appendix H - Assessments of significance.

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Appendix I - Landscape character, visual impact and urban design report.

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Appendix J - Desktop contamination assessment.

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Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: 1800 531 533.

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