Freight operations restored to NSW rail line

Crews have been working around the clock to repair damage done by a landslip.

Freight operations restored to NSW rail line
Freight train services are now fully operational again, with passenger services to follow.

Freight trains services are now fully operational again on the New South Wales main Western Line following a landslip 

The landslip, which occurred between Blackheath and Mt Victoria, was caused by extreme weather in the state and required train crews working day and night for nearly four weeks to repair the damage.

Repairs to the line’s embankment also required around 40,000 tonnes of locally-sourced gabion rock.

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway says it had been a priority to get the line running again.

"Thanks to the hard work of Sydney Trains, night-time freight operations were restored on the evening of 24 July and, since then, we have seen trains carrying coal, grain, bulk materials and general freight safely travelling the route," says Farraway.

Paul Scurrah, CEO of Pacific National, which runs more than 1,800 freight services on the Main Western Line each year, also welcomed the news and pointed out the importance of the freight line.

"Each week, we haul more than 60,000 tonnes of goods and commodities on the Blue Mountains line, which is equivalent to taking about 1,200 19-metre B-double trips off the state’s road network, notably the Great Western Highway, improving safety and reducing congestion and transport emissions," says Scurrah.

Customers returning to regional and intercity passenger services  can visit for up-to-date travel information.


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