Aurizon reopens Central Queensland coal rail systems

Aurizon has reopened its Goonyella coal rail system following damage caused by Cyclone Debbie and subsequent flooding in March.

The reopening sees all four of Aurizon’s coal systems that form the Central Queensland Coal Network – the Newlands, Goonyella, Blackwater and Moura – open to coal traffic.

However, the network is running under strict conditions and with some reduced capacity.

Aurizon Network’s maintenance, engineering and civil workforces have been repairing the rail infrastructure damage for the past four weeks. This included damage to the track on Black Mountain, west of Mackay, which was caused by major landslips. The opening of this section allows coal services to operate from mines across the Goonyella system to export terminals at Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay.

“Aurizon acknowledges the assistance of customers and supply chain partners as we have worked through the recovery process to restore the network for the safe operation of services,” the company said.

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