THE AUSTRALIAN Rail Track Corporation is preparing to reopen a New South Wales rail line damaged by flooding.

The ARTC plans to reopen the line between Condobolin and Ivanhoe on the week commencing 23 January.

“Since record breaking flooding, ARTC has been working hard to restore services in New South Wales that were significantly impacted,” the corporation said in a statement.

“On the Broken Hill line, between Condobolin and Ivanhoe, eighteen sites have required substantial repair.”

ARTC said major works have already been completed at four sites, and works are “progressing well” for the remaining sites.

“A diversion through Melbourne is operational for freight services and goods are successfully moving through to South Australia and Western Australia,” ARTC said.

“With services set to resume on the Broken Hill line in the coming weeks, ARTC reminds motorists and pedestrians to take care around level crossings and observe all signs and signals.”