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Christchurch Earthquake: Lines reopened and freight services running

24 February 2011

Christchurch Earthquake: Rail Network Update

The rail network in Canterbury has been largely cleared for the resumption of freight rail operations.

Repairs on the Main North Line between Rangiora and Christchurch have been completed and scheduled freight trains have begun moving south from Picton.

The rail line between Dunedin and Christchurch has been reopened for freight operations, with some speed restrictions.

The line between the West Coast and Christchurch is also open.

The line to Lyttelton Port is closed due to bridge damage at Heathcote. We will have an update on the repair schedule for this line as soon as possible.

TranzAlpine and TranzCoastal services are cancelled until the 28th of February and planned to resume the 1st of March. Refunds or the ability to reschedule have been offered to all passengers affected by these cancellations.

KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn said that staff in Christchurch worked hard to get the network running again as quickly as possible.

"Our staff response has been overwhelming and they have worked above and beyond expectation. Despite their own personal difficulties they have made a vital contribution to getting the city up and running again as quickly as possible, like many others across the region. We can't thank them enough."

 

For further information please contact:

Kimberley Brady
Ph 021 942 519