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WITH everything that has happened in 2020, many people have forgotten that much of the country was struggling through bushfires just a few months ago.
Bathurst was largely spared from that crisis, but the train lines between here and Sydney were a victim of the fires.
The Central West was cut off from Sydney on more than one occasion in December due to fires forcing the closure of roads and train lines.
The transport corridors then took a second hit from the wild storms in February.
A landslip between Leura and Katoomba caused significant damage to the track, which saw buses replace trains along the Blue Mountains Line.
Work has continued to repair the Blue Mountains Line and member for Bathurst Paul Toole said it is hoped it will be fully restored by mid year, weather permitting.
"Works to repair the fire and storm-damaged Blue Mountains Line are continuing, with more trains now able to operate thanks to a new temporary signalling system installed between Mount Victoria and Lithgow," he said.
"It means freight operators can now run more trains along the vital corridor, and for NSW TrainLink regional customers, a full timetable has resumed, including the second Bathurst Bullet.
"This is great news for essential workers and those who depend on train travel to reach medical appointments or buy essential supplies.
"We understand how important this line is to local communities and to freight supplies, so as works to repair the overhead electric supply to run Intercity trains to Lithgow continue, rest assured that the appropriate safeguards are in place to keep staff safe."
This article first appeared on www.westernadvocate.com.au
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