- ARTC announces Moss Vale-Unanderra line will re-open October 4th
- ARTC closed the line down on March 9th to conduct restoration works
- ARTC appreciates the patience of customers during the shutdown
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is pleased to announce that it will re-open the Moss Vale-Unanderra line in southern New South Wales at 1200 on Tuesday 4th October.
The line has been closed since March 9th while ARTC and our contractor partners conducted restoration work on the line after it was severely impacted by heavy rains.
As a result of the heavy rains the Moss Vale-Unanderra line suffered multiple land slips and significant movement of some embankments on complex parts of the line with steep terrain.
ARTS conducted geo-technical investigations on the line to assess what work was required to be conducted before engaging with our contractors and delivering the substantial restoration program.
ARTC and our contractor partners conducted the restoration program as fast as was safely possible, but our progress was slowed by further heavy rainfall in July that set us back.
During the closure of the line ARTC has worked with customers and Sydney Trains to develop a freight schedule for the South Coast line, to carry additional diverted freight services.
ARTC has also liaised closely with stakeholders such as grain growers and train operators to assess the impacts and appropriate mitigations.
Allan Jones, General Manager Operations Services – Interstate Network, at ARTC said:
“We are delighted to be able to announce a re-opening date for the Moss Vale-Unanderra line, this is a very important milestone for ARTC and our customers.
“We would like to thank our customers for their patience during the network shutdown, we appreciate the challenges the shutdown caused them, but we know that they understand that safety is our number one priority on our network.
“We would also like to extend our thanks to our contractor partners for helping us get these important works done in what were, at times, extremely challenging conditions.”