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Currumbin Railway Bridge renewal

City of Gold Coast is undertaking works to conserve the 113-year-old ex-railway bridge at Currumbin.

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Currumbin Railway Bridge renewal

Renewed Currumbin Railway Bridge

The renewal of Currumbin's 113-year-old ex-railway bridge was completed in October 2016. The bridge improvement works protected the heritage and history of the structure. Additional benefits include enhanced safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists.

The upgraded footbridge features:

  • wider bridge path, from 2.1 metres to three metres
  • refurbished bridge components including wrought iron girders, 'Earl of Dudley' cross beams and cast iron columns (the original structural components of the bridge)
  • new bridge components including precast concrete headstocks and deck, surfacing and stainless steel barriers
  • added safety enhancements such as lighting, wider bridge approaches and connecting paths, and new utility services.

The restored historic structure, from the golden age of steam, is the only structurally complete bridge in existence on this rail line. The bridge was number 21 out of 25 bridges on the rail line from Nerang. The line opened in 1903 and closed in 1961.

Renewed Currumbin Railway Bridge entry

The original steam train era South Coast (aka Gold Coast) railway line was via the inland route from Ernest Junction (between Helensvale and Molendinar) and Tweed. From 1889 to 1964 the South Coast rail-line transported people and freight from Brisbane to Coolangatta. In 1994 the bridge was repurposed to a pedestrian bridge.

Benefits to the local community:

  • improved pedestrian and cycle facilities
  • preserving local heritage
  • improved safety.

If you require any further information regarding the project, please contact the Project Manager on 07 5581 1809.

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