A RAIL bridge deck will be demolished and a new one installed as part of the Botany Rail Duplication project.

The works will be carried out over five days. Freight services will not have access to Port Botany or Cooks River while the works are ongoing, from 1400 on 25 August through 1400 30 August.

The works will be carried out by contractor John Holland.

O’Riordan Street will be closed to vehicles between Robey Street and Joyce Drive from 2300 Friday 25 August to 500 Monday 28 August to allow for the removal of the existing bridge and installation of a new bridge deck.

Other works to be completed around Mascot and Botany during the shutdown include track work, cable relocation, drainage works, and signalling work.

The Australian Government is fully funding the Australian Rail Track Corporation to deliver the $400-million Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Loop project, which will deliver better access to global export markets via Port Botany, improve freight supply chains across New South Wales and help ease local road congestion.

ARTC group executive major construction projects Mike Zambelli said the project would duplicate the remaining 2.9-kilometre section of single line track to Port Botany, allowing freight to be moved more efficiently and effectively, and will help meet future demand where the freight task is predicted to increase by 77% by 2036.

“Each extra freight train travelling on the Port Botany Rail Line will take up to 54 trucks off Sydney’s roads and that will be well received by local road users,” he said.