Despite severe disruptions to the Newcastle rail line due to industrial action over previous weeks, the Australian Rail Track Corporation are going ahead with planned track work this week.

The maintenance work will see new tracks laid, improvements to level crossings and signalling work completed.

Executive General Manager Jonathon Vandervoort says the work has been pre planned months in advance and cannot be avoided.

“We will be working very closely with our customers to see what opportunities there are following the maintenance shutdown to recover from the industrial action period as best as possible.”

The work is due to be finished late evening this Thursday.