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24 April 2015

Following the recent earthquake near St Arnaud, all rail services from Picton to Christchurch, and Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass have been suspended pending safety checks to track and infrastructure.

24 April 2015

The North Island Mainline Trunk near Papatoetoe was cleared as of 11am.

24 April 2015

A fatality occurred on the North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) Line near Papatoetoe, Auckland at approximately 6.30am today.



23 April 2015

All commuter services on the Wellington Metro network have resumed, following this mornings earthquake. Rail services in Wellington and north of Kaikoura were suspended immediately following the earthquake to allow for track inspections to be carried out. Passengers on effected services were evacuated to the nearest station platforms to allow for these checks to be carried out.

23 April 2015

All rail services in Wellington and north of Kaikoura have been suspended to allow for track instruction inspections following this morning’s earthquake.

Further updates to follow.

Media Contact: 04 498 2038

14 April 2015

The bad weather that is currently moving across the Cook Strait, with swells of up to five metres, is causing some delays to Interislander sailings.

1 April 2015

KiwiRail and the Tauranga City Council are working together to close off a walkway to an informal level crossing between Seaway Terrace and Ngatai Road in mid-April, due to safety concerns.


26 March 2015

KiwiRail is taking advantage of the quieter Easter period to undertake essential maintenance at five level crossings in Onehunga and around Papakura, .

The public is advised road detours  will be in place at Mays Rd and Church St in Onehunga and Sutton, Boundary and Crown Roads in the Papakura-Paerata area.  The works on the rail network will help keep Auckland’s passenger and freight trains running safely and efficiently and mean less overall track maintenance is needed.

“There will be road closures at each of these level crossings and clearly signposted detours in place,” says KiwiRail Northern Regional Manager Stephen Collett.

“During the closures we’re replacing sleepers and  ballast, and resurfacing the crossings to ensure they remain in good condition for trains and road vehicles.

“We understand our work may cause some disruption but much of it can only be completed when fewer, or no, trains are running. Unlike roads we can’t easily close a level crossing easily – trains can’t follow a detour - so when we can get access to the tracks with no trains we focus on getting a lot of important work done.”

Stephen says KiwiRail aims to complete the work as efficiently and safely as possible and aims to get the roads back to normal after the Easter break, “We thank those affected by the closures for their patience and cooperation.”

Other maintenance and upgrade works are scheduled across the region, including Hospital Rd, Middlemore, Panmure. These may cause some distraction and KiwiRail is asking residents to be extra cautious when driving near the rail network and follow the detours.



About the works

Mays Road and Church Street

Friday 3: Church Street level crossing closed.

Saturday 4: Church Street level crossing closed.

Sunday 5: Church Street AND Mays Road level crossing closed*

Monday 6: Mays Road level crossing closed.

* 2 ½ days have been allocated for Church Street and 1 ½ days for Mays Road.

Boundary Road, Sutton Road and Crown Road

Friday 3 – Monday 6: closed.

Additional rail works: Auckland Transport and NZTA are also working in the rail corridor over Easter.

25 March 2015

The level crossing on Richard Pearse Drive across the Main South Line in Temuka is to be upgraded this weekend with the installation of specially designed rubber ground panels.

25 March 2015

KiwiRail advises Mosgiel residents that upcoming maintenance works to improve under-track conditions will see road detours clearly signposted and train protection systems temporarily turned off on 18 to 19 April, 2015. Over this weekend the largest set up of KiwiRail’s rail maintenance machines, the ballast cleaner, is coming to town.

We thank the community in advance for their patience as we carry out this important work says KiwiRail’s Dunedin Area Manager Brian McAlister.

“Locals should expect some traffic congestion around Mosgiel Station and Riccarton Road. We also ask anyone near the rail network to take extra care and where possible avoid using the level crossings as the alarm bell system is turned off when the ballast cleaner passes slowly through.”

During the ballast cleaner’s visit Mosgiel residents are welcome to check it out, but please be aware the work can be noisy and dusty and ground vibrations can be expected.

Brian says the ballast cleaner creates quite an impressive sight as the specialist equipment we use are hooked together to create a train a few hundred metres long.

“It’s not often we get hold of this machine as it perform an extremely important job and is in high demand around the country. She arrived in the South Island mid-February, travelling on the Interislander, and Mosgiel is her last job before heading back over the Strait.”

“The cleaners make the trip once a year and clean the stones under the tracks using state of the art technology to sieve out the ‘good’ stones’ from the ‘bad’ stones and the re-aligns the rails afterwards.  Overtime vegetation can trap mud and dust and prevent the ballast from freely draining, causing a ragged surface. This of course adds a safety risk as it may cause a moving train to lean.”

The ballast cleaner will remove the problematic vegetation and ensure the track foundations are in good condition. This means a faster, smoother journey for our trains and less overall track maintenance.

KiwiRail aims to get the work done as efficiently and safely as possible, and we thank those affected for their patience and understanding as we work to improve our rail network.


Media contact: David Miller, 021 804 906 or

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