Tippler Footbridge Refurbishment

Tippler Bridge Refurbishment

Upgrading to maintain safe community access to the Carrington Foreshore area

The Tippler Bridge connects Carrington with the Hunter River Foreshore and has a long history. 

The name ‘Tippler’ refers to the bridge’s close proximity to Tippler House, which was built to support the Basin Coal Loader and came into operation in 1967. The bridge was constructed so workers could safely access the amenities block and other operational areas without having to cross the rail lines on foot.

Scope of works

The Tippler Footbridge upgrade works will include:

  • Removal of the footbridge walkway in sections and transportation to an offsite facility for repairs
  • Installation of a new concrete walkway within the footbridge
  • Structural repairs and protective coating renewal of entire footbridge
  • Upgrade of the current halogen-based lighting with new energy efficient LED lighting

To prepare for the upgrade works, access to the Tippler Footbridge will close in October and temporary fencing will be installed to restrict access via this route to the Carrington Foreshore.

The upgrade works are expected to commence in mid October.

The Foreshore will be  inaccessible during the works which are expected to take around eight weeks, weather permitting. 

We recognise the closure of the bridge will be inconvenient for regular visitors to this area.

Port of Newcastle apologises for any inconvenience caused to the local community and looks forward to re-opening an upgraded Tippler Footbridge as soon as practicable.


It is expected that the bridge will be closed for 8 weeks, weather permitting. 

No, temporary fencing will be place and the Foreshore area will be inaccessible.  

The existing protective coating of the bridge includes a lead-based paint. PON has appointed a qualified contractor to ensure this aspect of the works is handled correctly. Abrasive blasting works will occur during work hours only. 

The roadway will remain open, but it may be slightly narrower to allow for construction fencing and scaffold around the ramp structure. 

PON is working withARTC to plan for any potential outages and minimise any impacts.All works within the rail corridor will occur during planned outages and under an access License provided by ARTC. 

The bridge will have a refreshed appearance on completion. It will be painted charcoal grey with a new concrete walkway and LED lighting. 

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