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ABOUT 1200 employees will carry out maintenance and enhancement works along the Hunter Valley rail network next week.
It is all part of a scheduled three-day program involving 110 jobs to help deliver service reliability.
The work will be undertaken from the port at Kooragang and along the rail corridor to Narrabri, as well as the Ulan line west from Muswellbrook.
Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) group executive for the Hunter Valley Network Jonathan Vandervoort said maintenance works along the network would include ballast cleaning, re-railing and track reconditioning.
"Re-railing work is occurring at Mangoola, Sandy Hollow and Baerami, as well as in Maitland in the vicinity of Victoria Street and along a 1km section south of Thornton Station," he explained.
"Track reconditioning will occur at Kooragang, Hexham and East Maitland.
"Enhancements to signalling systems will take place on sections between Bylong to Kerrabee and Wilpinjong to Ulan, completing these upgrades for the Hunter Valley network."
Mr Vandervoort said that in order for the work to occur efficiently and safely, a shutdown on the network would be in place.
"It's similar to other recent maintenance programs," he stated.
"A scheduled shutdown is required to allow us to access the track for maintenance and upgrades that cannot be done safely when trains are running.
"The work will generally start at 6.30am on Tuesday, August 6, and is expected to be completed about 6.30am on Friday, August 9.
"A small section between Thornton and Maitland will start earlier from about 2am on Tuesday for track reconditioning work.
"We apologise for the inconvenience and, as always, we appreciate the patience and cooperation of motorists, commuters and customers right across the maintenance program.
This article first appeared on www.muswellbrookchronicle.com.au
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