Due to continuing high flood waters and unpredictability about when they might recede, ARTC remains unable to provide a firm forecast for services to return. Once the flood waters drop around Maitland and flood gates are removed, at least three days of repairs to track and signalling will be required before all services can resume operations safely.
All Hunter coal chain, freight and passenger services remain suspended.
ARTC will continue to work with our customers and the Hunter coal chain on an operational start up plan for coal, passenger and general freight that will take into account the need to meet passenger timetables, provide coal customers with access to the Port and above all, safety.
The mid North Coast track remains closed, affecting freight and passenger services. There are currently 28 work sites requiring repair works, with two of those particularly complex, around Tocal, requiring major engineering solutions. ARTC is working towards providing a preliminary forecast early next week.
Media Contact: Bas Bolyn, ARTC, 0477 340 658