LATEST NEWS: Interislander sailings disrupted due to weather

6 March 2015

Interislander is advising customers to expect delays to sailings today and over the weekend due to the severe weather that is currently moving across Cook Strait.

The weather is likely to impact on schedules over the coming couple of days. Strong winds of up to 60 knots in Picton Harbour caused the Aratere to move at its berth and this has damaged the loading ramp which is being currently assessed by Port Marlborough.

The ship itself has not been damaged.

Interislander is contacting affected customers and advising them of revised sailing times to ensure any delays to travel are minimsed. Text alerts are being sent out and people can text 322, type in ARR (arrival) or DEP (departure) for the latest estimated sailing times.

Aratere is expected to sail shortly once Port Marlborough has given safety clearance. The weather in the area is moderating and this will allow the ferries to continue operating although to a revised timetable.

Light motor vehicles are able to be loaded and disembarked from the ships but rail freight is not being carried until the port company has completed its assessment of the ramp.


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5 March 2015

KiwiRail has this week met with representatives from Hawkes Bay Regional Council regarding its intentions to lease the Napier-Gisborne Line.

In February the Council resolved to ask for an extension of four months in order to finalise a business case for resuming rail operations on the line.

KiwiRail had set a deadline of 1 March 2015 for the Council to finalise its business case and make a decision on whether to lease the line. 

This week’s meetings between KiwiRail and the Council’s Chief Executive and Chairman enabled in depth discussions on the proposal to take place, says KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy.

KiwiRail is currently considering the request for the time extension and expects to make a decision on the request shortly. The council has been considering options for re-establishing rail services on the line since it was mothballed in 2012. 


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2 March 2015

For the six months to 31 December 2014, KiwiRail is reporting total revenue earnings of $366.6 million.  This was an increase of $1.1 million over the comparable period in 2013, despite a challenging market environment, particularly in bulk freight.

27 February 2015

Tranz Metro services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Porirua have returned to normal scheduling.

26 February 2015

Tranz Metro services between Wellington and Porirua remain suspended until further notice and buses will continue to be provided for customers travelling between those stations.

17 February 2015

KiwiRail will be withdrawing the buffet car from Monday 2 March 2015 as it is due for significant maintenance work.

4 February 2015

Predicted good weather over the long weekend has raised concerns with KiwiRail and NZ Police that young Ngaruawahia community will be tempted back on to the rail bridge. The two organisations are urging the local residents to continue the positive support which has helped keep their young people off the rail bridge and safely away from up to 2000 tonne freight trains.

3 February 2015

February sees the start of KiwiRail’s upgrade to seven wooden rail bridges along the North Island Main Trunk Line (NIMT) in the Taumarunui area. The work will improve the efficiency of the busy main line which runs from Auckland to Wellington and will be done in close consultation with the local community and authorities.

3 February 2015

KiwiRail and Auckland Transport call on Aucklanders to watch out when driving or playing near the rail tracks as the electrical wires running above them offer no second chances. This follows a recent increase in emergency call outs to remove obstructions on overhead wires which power Auckland’s electric trains putting people at risk fortunately no-one has been hurt yet.

23 January 2015

Interislander ferries moved 128,279 passengers, 33,174 passenger vehicles and 4762 freight vehicles over the Christmas and New Year holiday period with the three ferry services meeting 100 per cent of all scheduled sailings between 24 December 2014 and 19 January.

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