Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New London Street Bridge won't be falling down!

Media Release

DC372/2017

20 November 2017

Joint release with:

Rowan Ramsay

Federal Member for Grey

  • Port Lincoln's London Street Bridge officially opens to traffic
  • Unrestricted mass limit will help drive efficiencies for local freight companies
  • $4.48 million project jointly funded by the Australian Government and City of Port Lincoln Council

The new London Street Bridge in Port Lincoln is now officially open, providing a safer crossing for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and a more productive bridge for freight operators.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Program was replacing and upgrading 387 key bridges around the country connecting communities, improving road safety and creating jobs.

“The new bridge has an increased weight capacity, which means freight can be moved safely across the bridge to port and to other destinations throughout the state, and that will benefit local businesses and jobs,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he had fought hard for the new bridge knowing the old bridge was nearing the end of its useful life and replacement was essential.

“A safe and convenient path across the railway line in that part of the city is essential. The new London Street Bridge provides a reliable, direct and integrated route between Port Lincoln CBD and Kirton Point and importantly raises the level of separation between pedestrians and the traffic,” Mr Ramsey said.

Mayor of City of Port Lincoln Brian Green said the replacement of the London Street Bridge would reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

“It has significantly improved transport links within the region, ensuring motorists can get from A to B quickly. The City of Port Lincoln is most appreciative of the funding received under the Bridges Renewal Program, which enabled the much needed upgrade to proceed,” Mayor Green said.

Construction of the bridge started in mid-2017 and was completed earlier this month. The Australian Government had invested $2.24 million in the bridge replacement project and the City of Port Lincoln $2.24 million.

For further information on the Bridges Renewal Program, visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/bridges_renewal.aspx