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Victoria Bridge Gateway to Western Nsw

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Penrith’s Victoria Bridge, which is one of Australia’s oldest metal bridges, has been given state heritage status and protection, Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres and Heritage Minister Mark Speakman announced today.

The bridge was listed on the State Heritage Register for its link to opening the railway network to Western NSW in 1867, design, social significance, rarity and connection to the bridge’s engineer and designer John Whitton.

“The bridge created a road and railway gateway to the west,” Mr Ayres said.

“It allowed areas west of the Blue Mountains to grow and helped established Western NSW tourism.”

The bridge, which is one of only three bridges of its type in the state, is the most intact remaining example of a continuous iron-through bridge, where the deck is between the girders rather than on top of them. It hasn’t been used for rail since 1907.

The bridge is recognised in the Penrith, Blue Mountains and Sydney areas and more widely among railway and bridge enthusiasts and historians.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the bridge had the largest spans of any metal girder bridge in the state.

“Penrith Station was the end of the line before the bridge opened in 1867,” Mr Speakman said. 

“It is a welcome addition to the State Heritage Register and a fitting tribute to Western Sydney and Western NSW.”

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