The ARTC network in the Hunter Valley and North Coast NSW remained closed overnight and operations remain suspended this morning due to the extreme weather.
ARTC crews will commence inspections in the Hunter Valley and mid-North Coast regions throughout this morning to get a better idea of the damage.
Conditions and access throughout the region remain difficult and it will take throughout today to get a full picture of the repair task and any initial forecasts.
Damage in the North Coast includes hundreds of metres of ballast washed away at various locations, a number of land slips and damage to signalling equipment.
High rainfall, severe flooding, strong winds, fallen trees and debris, power failures and fallen power lines continue to affect the Hunter Valley network, particularly between Maitland and the port. A number of track locations are under water and full assessment will not be able to be made until water levels recede.
High winds have also affected services into Port Botany overnight and the Sydney Metropolitan Freight Network this morning.
ARTC will continue to provide further updates.
Media Contact: Bas Bolyn, ARTC, 0477 340 658