Aboriginal artwork has been discovered during construction works on the Blue Mountains train line.
The discovery occurred during work to remove a boulder which was posing a risk to the rail corridor at Glenbrook, with an independent archaeologist called in after the artworks were found.
The archaeologist, who is a specialist in Aboriginal heritage, has confirmed that the multiple handprints are culturally significant rock art.
“We have an obligation to not only ensure the line is safe, but that appropriate measures are taken to preserve the rock art and document the findings,” Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink chief executive Howard Collins said.
“To do so, we’ve temporarily delayed efforts to break up the twenty tonne boulder piece-by-piece. Work is still continuing though to secure the site and make it safe.
“In light of this finding, we’d like to advise customers that disruption to services will continue longer than we anticipated, with buses continuing to replace trains between Springwood and Penrith until potentially early next week.
“I’d like to reassure people that we are doing everything possible to re-open the Blue Mountains Line as quickly as possible, while balancing safety and heritage concerns.
“We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and we always seek to respect, recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture across our network and organisation."
Anyone on the Blue Mountains train line may be impacted by the delays, with buses replacing trains between Penrith and Springwood.