Coal haulage to resume in Hunter Valley

Coal rail haulage in the Hunter Valley is expected to resume this afternoon, thanks to maintenance works following the storms and flooding of last week.

It is estimated the bulk freight stoppage resulted in lost exports worth $200 million, Newcastle Herald reported.

Operators of the Hunter Coal Rail network, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), said main coal lines would reopen on Wednesday afternoon.

“This allows final track inspections to be undertaken in daylight hours after track repairs and signalling works are completed,” ARTC said.

“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.

“We thank the community for their patience and understanding while works and associated truck movements are underway.”

Mid North Coast tracks between Telarah and Dungog will remain closed, however ARTC said maintenance and repairs were progressing well.

Around 400,000 tonnes of coal are transported by rail to the Port of Newcastle each day.

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