Media Release - 20 February, 2017

Rail network reopened following flood damage

Brookfield Rail is pleased to advise it has repaired and reopened majority of the sections of the freight rail network that were damaged last weekend as a result of extensive flooding experienced across the southern half of Western Australia.

Damaged sections of the rail network throughout the Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Goldfields regions ranged from minor flooding or water over the track through to extensive damage to the rail line, including damage to embankments, track structures, and access roads.

All rail lines have been repaired, restored and reopened to rail traffic, with the exception of the southern grain lines extending from Wagin to Newdegate and Lake Grace to Hyden.

Brookfield Rail teams have done an amazing job over the last week to safely repair and restore the track to resume rail operations as quickly as possible. Brookfield Rail was in constant communication with all affected customers throughout last week and continues to work closely with them to return to regular rail operations.

There is still a significant amount of water throughout the Lakes District which is hindering the restoration works at this stage on the Newdegate and Hyden lines. Brookfield Rail’s teams are working to assess the extent of the situation and plan for safe restoration as soon as possible.

These lines remain closed until further notice.

Brookfield Rail is working closely with the sole customer of the lines to ensure they are kept informed of progress on the restoration and reopening of the line. 

Media Contact

Melanie Henley
Manager Corporate Affairs 
Phone: 0457 537 526