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Hunter Valley coal rail network resumes in limited capacity

hunter valley coal rail network resumes

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has resumed limited rail operations on the Hunter Valley Network between Newcastle and Maitland following a full closure due to localised flooding.

Coal services have resumed in a limited capacity following minor restoration works, which were carried out during a six hour work window on Wednesday (24 March 2021) morning after flood waters receded at Sandgate.

These services will operate in a limited capacity while we continue to monitor the situation and assess conditions.

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The network between Narrabri North and Moree remains closed due to continued flooding in the north-west of the Hunter Valley Network.

“We would like to thank the community and our customers for their continued patience and cooperation as we worked to recover operations as quickly and safely possible. ARTC will provide further updates as we progress toward a full return to service.” the ARTC reported.

The Interstate Network between Telarah and Grafton remains closed following inclement weather conditions across the region.

High rainfall, strong winds, fallen trees and debris, power failures and fallen power lines and power poles are all concerns that led to operations being halted.

Weather events such as these have the potential to damage our network and increases risks to all those involved in the transport operations.

“We are currently undertaking a full assessment of rail operations where it is safe to do so. Initial observations show significant restoration works will be required at various points along with the network where there was severe localised flooding.” ARTC said.

With a consistent supply of materials continuing, the weather remaining cooperative and continued positive progress, ARTC’s initial target is to reopen the track for operations late next week.

“Ensuring the safety of the community, our customers and staff remain our highest priority. ARTC will provide further updates as the situation progresses.” ARTC stated in the report.

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