Due to high flood waters, the Maitland flood gates being closed and continued difficult conditions, the forecast to return Hunter Valley operations has been revised and is expected to be an additional 48 hours at the earliest.
However, this forecast is still contingent on flood waters receding and access to the track. Sections of the track remain underwater and there will be significant clean up requirements to allow track repairs.
Hunter coal chain, freight and passenger services remain suspended.
ARTC will continue to work with our customers and the Hunter coal chain on contingency planning and a return to operations while repair works are completed.
Further track assessments are being undertaken along the mid-North Coast. There are currently 22 work sites identified as requiring significant repair works and a large amount of track under water. Access in and out of locations remains difficult.
Media Contact: Bas Bolyn, ARTC, 0477 340 658