Essential Hunter Valley track works this February

  • Maintenance works occurring between Kooragang, Maitland and Gunnedah and between Ulan and Turrawan
  • Three-day shutdown from 6:30am on Tuesday 6 February to 6:30am Friday 9 February
  • Essential track maintenance will maintain high safety and reliability standards. 

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will carry out essential works on the Hunter Valley Network from Kooragang to Maitland and Gunnedah and between Ulan and Turrawan next week to maintain network safety and reliability.

During the works the line will be closed from 6:30 am Tuesday 6 February to 6:30 pm Friday 9 February.

The shutdown which is part of ARTC’s annual maintenance program, will see more than 130 jobs and approximately 1,200 staff and contractors mobilised to complete essential work which will keep the network running safely and efficiently.

Works will include:

  • Ballast cleaning in Singleton
  • Culvert replacement works
  • Track rail grinding at multiple locations across the region
  • Upgrades to signaling systems; and
  • Track reconditioning work at Breeza, Mangoola and Belford

ARTC crews will minimise the impact of the work wherever possible, including positioning light towers to shine away from residences, watering down work areas and limiting the number of machines operating at any one time.

Coaches and buses will replace NSW TrainLink services during the trackwork period and customers should visit or call 13 22 32 for assistance to plan their journey.

ARTC is reminding motorists and pedestrians to remain vigilant for altered traffic conditions near the rail corridor and  to obey all road rules at level crossings, with rail machinery and other movements still occurring on the rail line.

Clinton Crump, Acting Group Executive, ARTC Hunter Valley Network, said:

“The Hunter Valley rail network requires regular maintenance to ensure that it continues to play a pivotal role in supporting vital links to the region’s economic supply chain.”

“These works are essential to maintain a high standard of safety and reliability.”

“ARTC would like to thank the Hunter Valley community for its patience while these critical, long-term improvements take place.”

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