Major rail line reopened post-incident

An important rail line in northern New South Wales is again operating

The Australian Rail Track Corporation says the rail line at Nana Glen has been reopened following the derailment of a freight train on Thursday 25 February.

Services resumed from Saturday 6 March at about 8:30pm, under a temporary a speed restriction.

Repairs to the rail line at Nana Glen involved re-building approximately 300 metres of track that was damaged, while working in a difficult worksite through persistent weather challenges.

“We would like to thank the community and our customers for their continued patience and understanding while the repair effort was being undertaken,” an ARTC spokesperson said.

“We would also like to acknowledge the ARTC team and contractors on the ground for their efforts to return the line to operations.

“The interstate line at Nana Glen is critical to domestic and export supply chains, as well as passenger rail in New South Wales.”

According to the ARTC, some 1500 tonnes of ballast from local quarries around Coffs Harbour were brought on to the site.

About 800 metres of rail was transported by train from Port Augusta in South Australia while 600 sleepers from Grafton have been transported to the derailment site ready to be laid.

Yeronga station construction rolls on

During the month ahead, UNITY Alliance says it will continue work within the rail corridor at Yeronga station for building the Cross River Rail project.

Between 6:30am and 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday, during March 2021, the following works are expected to occur:

  • Continue platform 1 retaining wall construction and earthworks near the Lake Street station entrance
  • Installation of a temporary pedestrian overpass foundations (the temporary pedestrian overpass will be installed and operational before the existing overpass is removed)
  • Test piling on platform 1 to prepare for upcoming platform piling works
  • Removal of station platform furniture (e.g. light poles)
  • Identification and relocation of public utilities (water, sewer, communications and electrical)
  • Track and maintenance works between Yeronga and Fairfield stations.

Cross River Rail is Queensland’s largest rail infrastructure project.