Next weekend the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will run its massive annual maintenance program from Cootamundra to Parkes and between Moss Vale and Albury investing $8 million in regional NSW.
Rail workers will carry out essential rail maintenance and enhancement works as part of ARTC’s annual ‘Super Possession’ from 6am Saturday, 5th September to 6pm Monday, 7th September. “This year’s works include track re-railing, resurfacing and reconditioning, as well as level crossing upgrades, track ballasting, turnout maintenance and bridge maintenance,” said ARTC’s General Manager of Asset Management – Interstate, Brian Gree.
“The maintenance program requires track closures to allow access to the tracks for works that cannot be done safely when trains are running. We apologise for the inconvenience and as always we appreciate the patience and cooperation of motorists, commuters and customers.”
In addition to the shutdown, there will be preparatory work along the rail lines from 29th August, as well as some demobilisation work during standard working hours following the shutdown until 11th September. These works should see minimal impact to the community.
Brian said the shutdown of the network was required for works to be carried out as safely as possible. Under COVID-19 requirements the company will be doing a letterbox drop of information flyers instead of a door knock to inform nearby neighbours of the upcoming works. Ongoing strict hygiene protocols are also in place to minimise potential risks to the community and the teams involved in the maintenance shutdown.
Passenger services are impacted, and replacement coaches will be operating. More information can be found at www.transportnsw.info for NSW TrainLink services. More information is available on the ARTC website. Community members can also contact ARTC Enviroline on 1300 550 402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have questions about the works.