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Growing Freight

A key focus of KiwiRail has been to grow the rail freight business. It represents 64% of the revenue we generate and holds significant growth potential

We’ve made a huge effort to earn the trust of our customers that rail is a reliable and cost effective way for them to move their goods. We’ve made significant improvements to the track, increased capacity on the Aratere by a third and we’ve purchased new locomotives, wagons and containers so that we can offer faster and more frequent services.

And they’re starting to come back – overall freight revenue has grown by 26% in three years as companies like Fonterra, Mainfreight and Progressive enterprises have opted to use more rail freight.

Annual report

09/10

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

Increase
(5 years)

Freight Revenue ($)

367.1

396.7

457.6

466.9

462.0

26%

Freight EBITDA ($)

100.7

117.7

129.1

131.3

132.3

31%

Volumes (ntk) (M)

3,919

4,178

4,580

4,547

4,492

15%