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500 workers begin rail building blitz

Around 500 workers will begin maintenance and enhancement works on the railway line between Albury and Sydney as part of the annual ‘Super Possession’, in NSW.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will run its yearly maintenance program between Moss Vale and Albury and from Cootamundra to Parkes to ensure the line is safe and reliable.

Workers will perform track reconditioning and resurfacing, rail replacement, rail bridge repairs and testing, vegetation management, signal maintenance and level crossing upgrades.

Around 25 kilometres of rail between Moss Vale and Bundanoon will be replaced in the Southern Highlands region of NSW.

ARTC’s General Manager of Asset Management – Interstate, Brian Green, said the program will require track closures to allow access to the tracks for work that can’t be done safely with trains running.

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“ARTC makes the most of these short windows to carry out jobs in a planned approach that minimises the impact of major works on train operations and reduces the potential for unplanned downtime on these sections of the rail corridor,” Green said.

“Our work teams will endeavour to minimise any noise and any other related issues and disruptions the works may cause.

“We also ask people in communities close to the rail corridor to be cautious during the shutdown period and keep an eye out for increased vehicle movements in and out of work sites.”

Preparatory works along the rail lines will begin in the leadup to the shutdown, with demobilisation work to occur during working hours from 3 September until 6 September.

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