Flood waters have dropped to workable levels and track signalling restoration and repairs have continued to progress well over the last day.
As a result, ARTC is able to confirm the forecast for the Hunter Valley coal rail network to return to service is early tomorrow afternoon (29 April). This allows final track inspections to be undertaken in daylight hours after track repairs and signalling works are completed.
ARTC is working closely with our customers and the Hunter coal chain on the operational start-up plan.
ARTC maintenance crews will continue to work through the week to return the track to normal operating conditions. Residents are advised that this will involve heavy track repair machines working around-the-clock conducting track resurfacing and rail grinding. This is essential to get the network back up and running and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The mid North Coast track between Telarah and Dungog remains closed, however works have been progressing well.
We thank the community for their patience and understanding while works and associated truck movements are underway.
Media Contact: Bas Bolyn, ARTC, 0477 340 658