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North coast road and rail starts to return to normal

Wednesday February 27, 2013 - 13:03 EDT

Floodwaters are receding along the north coast so road and rail transport is starting to return to normal.

A landslide and flooding that blocked the north coast rail line have cleared and freight and passenger services are running again.

The Pacific highway has re-opened north of Grafton but still has water over it north of Kempsey.

Brett Moore from the Transport Management Centre said a detour around the flooding can only be used by light traffic..

"There are still a lot of issues on the Pacific Highway, " he said.

"There is a closure from Kempsey to Frederickton and while the detour is still in place there there is still quite an extensive clean up job that is going on.

" There are still emergency services personnel out there."

" That detour is not suitable for B-double vehicles.

"They will still need to make the trip via the new England Highway for the journey up the north coast."

"The Pacific Highway has reopened from between Frederickton and Clybucca however it is still closed between Kempsey and Frederickton.

"A light vehicle diversion has been put in place which is some good news, that's via South West Rocks road and Smithtown road."


© ABC 2013

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