John Whitton Bridge
|John Whitton Bridge|
Bridge looking south in September 2007
|Carries||Main Northern railway line|
|Named for||John Whitton|
|Maintained by||NSW Trains|
|Design||steel box girders|
|No. of spans||5|
|Piers in water||4|
The original Meadowbank Bridge opened on 17 September 1886 as part of the construction of the Main Northern railway line. It was a lattice truss bridge designed by John Whitton, the Chief Engineer of the New South Wales Government Railways.
As part of plans to quadruple the Main North line, construction commenced on a new bridge to the west of the existing structure. The concrete piers were completed in 1952, before the project was cancelled. Work resumed in the 1970s, with a two-track box girder bridge opening in May 1980. The piers were extended to allow for a further two tracks to be built in the future. The new bridge was named after John Whitton. In 2000, the original bridge was refurbished and reopened for bike and pedestrian use.