The ARTC network in the Hunter Valley and North Coast, NSW, has been impacted significantly by the extreme weather conditions being experienced across northern NSW at the moment.
High rainfall, severe flooding, strong winds, fallen trees and debris, power failures and fallen power lines and power poles have all contributed to operations being halted in the Hunter Valley coal network and trains travelling via the North Coast of NSW.
As a result of the damage, the track will require extensive repairs in order to return services safely. Given the current weather conditions and forecast further weather events and rising water over track, it is not possible to provide a forecast for when services might return.
Access to locations is difficult and while the weather continues, staff will continue to monitor the situation, begin initial planning and mobilise resources in readiness for when the repair works can safely begin.
All coal and freight services into Maitland and Newcastle have been suspended due to flooding, water over rail lines, power supply failures and trees and various other debris over the lines at a number of locations between Maitland and the Port.
Passenger services are also impacted by the conditions and customers are advised to refer to www.nswtrainlink.info for up-to-date information.
ARTC is working hard to return services as quickly as possible however there is currently no forecast for return to operations. The track washaways on the North Coast will take some time to repair.
Extreme weather is forecast to continue throughout the day and given the nature of the conditions, ensuring the safety of the community, our customers and staff remains our priority.
ARTC will provide further updates as the situation progresses.
Media Contact: Bas Bolyn, ARTC, 0477 340 658