Barrington Bridge

Barrington Bridge

The NSW Government invested $17 million to build a new bridge on Thunderbolts Way over the Barrington River to improve safety and reliability for motorists, including freight.

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OCT 2020

OCT 2020Have your say

Transport for NSW is inviting your feedback on the review of environmental factors for the removal of Barrington Bridge on Thunderbolts Way near Gloucester following the opening of the new bridge to traffic in late May 2020.

A review of environmental factors has been carried out for the removal of the bridge to assess the potential environmental and social impacts of the proposal and identify activities to manage and mitigate these impacts. The environmental assessment was prepared in consultation with a range of key stakeholders and technical specialists.

Transport for NSW will develop a plan for heritage interpretation of the old bridge at the site, if the proposal to remove the old bridge proceeds. Heritage interpretation outcomes for the old bridge will be carefully considered and may involve elements such as signage, reuse of timbers, photographic records and donations of pieces to the community.

Stakeholders and the community are invited to comment on the review of environmental factors by 5pm on Monday 9 November 2020.

How can you give feedback?

We encourage you to send us your comments by 5pm on Monday 9 November 2020 by:


Mail: Attention: Gavin Jenkins
Roads and Maritime Services
Locked Bay 2030
Newcastle NSW 2300

Feedback received will be considered to finalise the proposal.

Project information

Barrington Bridge was built in 1920 and is located on Thunderbolts Way, which is an important freight link between the Mid North Coast and the New England Tablelands serving tourism, livestock and timber industries.

The timber bridge is one of the bridges identified for replacement in the Transport for NSW Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy, which was developed in consultation with the Heritage Council of NSW.

The strategy was developed to address the long term management of these structures and aims to establish a balance between infrastructure provision and heritage conservation. The strategy was displayed for stakeholder and community comment in 2011. The feedback received was considered in finalising the strategy and identifying bridges for replacement and conservation. The strategy was reviewed by Transport for NSW and the Heritage Council of NSW in 2019 and Barrington Bridge remained on the list of bridges to be replaced.

In March 2018, Transport for NSW prepared and publicly displayed a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the construction of the new bridge. Construction has since taken place with the new bridge opened in May 2020.

  • improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists
  • improve reliability for motorists, including freights
  • increase road freight productivity in the Barrington, Gloucester and surrounding areas

Project documents


Contact us

For further information about this project contact:

Phone: (02) 4908 7601 (business hours – Gavin Jenkins, Project Manager)


Mail: Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300

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