|Flooding Impacts Train Services|
Severe weather and heavy rain yesterday and last night have resulted in disruptions to Tasmanian rail freight services.
Flooding has impacted services on the main North South Line, and water across the track also closed the Fingal Line overnight.
The situation was assessed at first light this morning as flood waters subsided.
On the North South Line, several minor wash aways have occurred on the track south of Tunbridge and a collapsed culvert with relatively minor damage has occurred south of Colebrook. Temporary repair work has commenced immediately on the culvert to open the track to undertake repair work to the wash aways further north. Subject to further track inspections through the day, it is anticipated that the Line will re-open late afternoon.
In relation to the Fingal Line, flood waters have now receded and train services resumed this morning, with trains operating at reduced track speed as a precaution, due to the wet conditions.
Chief Executive Officer, Damien White said safety remains the priority, and that train services would not resume until TasRail was satisfied with the condition of the track.
“We are working to repair the damage from the recent weather as quickly as possible”, Mr White said. “Unfortunately delays to rail freight services are unavoidable“.
TasRail confirms that affected rail customers have been advised of the delays.
For more information or comment:
Executive Assistant Telephone: 03 6337 2230