Newcastle City Council will debate a motion tonight to ask for state government help to stop coal trains using the Adamstown Level crossing.
Labor Councillor Tim Crackanthorp says as well as lobbying the State Government, there are a number of short term solutions to coal train problems.
Coal freight trains can be more than 1300 metres long, and keep the crossing closed for 6 hours a day, a figure that is set to increase when new coal services come online next year.

Crackanthorp says council needs to pursue wide ranging reforms to permanently limit coal train disruptions.