ARTC rolls out $20m Hunter Valley rail package


$20 million package designed to improve rail in the Hunter Valley will be rolled out this week

November 16, 2009

A $20 million package designed to improve rail in the Hunter Valley will be rolled out this week.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) says the investment is one of the largest upgrades to the network since it took over management of the rail corridor.

About 70 projects will be carried out from November 17 to 20 and will force the closure of the corridor.

The $20 million package of upgrades will take place from for the 17th to the 20th November and will allow for significant upgrades to take place.

New crossing loops will be installed in the Upper Hunter and on the Ulan line, while $5 million will be spent on maintenance such as ballast cleaning, reconditioning and resurfacing, signalling upgrades and turnout upgrades.

"We know that demand for Hunter Valley coal is set to increase dramatically by 2012. The ongoing upgrade of the corridor with new signals, more passing loops and bridge replacements is part of ARTC’s strategy to stay ahead of future export capacity for coal," ARTC Chief Executive David Marchant says.

The control system at the Newdell Junction will be upgrades and turnouts will be completed.

The ARTC says this will improve reliability and capacity through the junction.

A rail connection for the third coal export terminal at Kooragang will be commissioned to the ARTC during the closedown, while bridge works will be carried out to the Whittingham to Maitland line.

Work will also begin on a new computer-based system for the Maitland Junction to allow future changes to track configuration with minimal downtime.


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