Track Work

Track work calendar

For the latest information on our planned work, access the link below:

Hunter Valley Network Trackwork Newsletter

Our response to COVID-19

We are committed to responding to restrictions imposed by the Australian and State Governments to manage COVID-19. This may mean that last minute changes to our planned works will be required. Please continue to check this site for updates.

To maintain a high standard of safety and reliability across our network we sometimes need to restrict access to parts of the track to carry out maintenance and construction works. By closing sections of track to normal activity, we can get the work done more quickly and in a safe environment.

We understand that no one likes to be disrupted and we try to keep track closures to a minimum. Track closures are usually scheduled overnight or for weekends, when less trains are travelling.

What does track work involve?

Track work includes:

  • Upgrade works such as repairing tracks, track reconditioning, welding and laying new track
  • Ballast dig outs or cleaning (ballast is the “bed” on which the track lies)
  • Vegetation management
  • Accessibility upgrades including improvements to level crossings and maintenance access paths
  • Turnout renewals and replacements (turnouts are the “switches” or points in the track where trains are guided from one track to another, or branch off to a siding or the like).

How long does track work take?

Track work varies depending on what we’re doing. It may require changes to train timetables or stopping patterns. Track closures usually take 62 hours, with crews working around the clock. For major work, it can take up to 110 hours. We often work at night to ensure minimal disruption all round.

Why is track work important?

Track work is essential to ensure the safety and integrity of the track. By closing sections to traffic, our maintenance crews can work safely and efficiently, and more work can be carried out with the same resources.

What planning goes into track work?

We spend a lot of time planning track work and the closures to the rail corridor, to make sure all bases are covered. Planning includes:

  • Identifying the work
  • Appointing contractors and crews
  • Arranging machinery and equipment
  • Engaging and coordinating with stakeholders, including rail operators, network controllers and surrounding communities.

We also coordinate with our rail end-users, mines and ports, who may use the time the track is closed to do their own maintenance activities simultaneously.

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