Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and its contractor partners are kicking off major maintenance works on its Hunter Valley rail network this week.
Heavy machinery and materials have been prepared for 72 hours of critical maintenance on the line, which is to take place between 6.30am Tuesday 10 October and 6.30am Friday 13 October.
The works will be undertaken within the rail corridor from the port at Kooragang to Muswellbrook, along the Ulan rail line and from Muswellbrook north to Narrabri, and will include full track reconstructions, the laying of new rail, level crossing improvements, ballast cleaning, rail corridor tidy up works and signalling maintenance.
ARTC’s group executive Hunter Valley network Jonathan Vandervoort said the maintenance works were essential in ensuring the safety and reliability of busy rail network.
“We would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding when we spring into action next week,” Vandervoort said.
“By closing sections to rail traffic, our maintenance crews can work safely and efficiently, and more work can be carried out by our crews who will be working around the clock.”
Further Hunter Valley maintenance works have been scheduled for 20-24 November.