22 June 2018 4:04PM
Trains will begin running the full distance on the line from Napier to Wairoa for the first time in six years next week.
Trains will begin running the full distance on the line from Napier to Wairoa for the first time in six years next week.
The dedication of KiwiRail staff in building the rail network from Bluff to Ashburton connecting New Zealand communities has been honoured with a 2.5m long carving in Dunedin.
Trains are moving again on the Napier to Wairoa line for the first time in six years in an important milestone in the re-opening of the line.
Trains will be moving again on the Napier to Wairoa line for the first time in six years next Wednesday.
KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy has welcomed the Government’s decision to investigate the potential for upgrading and expanding rail north of Auckland.
Work to improve services for Wellington commuters passed an important milestone today with the signing of a $49 million contract to replace the overhead line system that supplies power to Metlink’s commuter trains on the Hutt Line.
KiwiRail and the wider team responsible for the limited reopening of the rail line between Blenheim and Christchurch just nine months after the Kaikoura earthquake, have won a prestigious Australasian rail award.
The project to re-open the Wairoa-Napier rail line takes a significant step forward today with track gangs beginning work on the line.
Rail freight services on the Main North Line between Picton and Christchurch resumed overnight following completion of work to repair damage caused by former Cyclone Gita, says KiwiRail Group General Manager Todd Moyle.
Work will begin on the reinstatement of the Napier to Wairoa rail line today, just two days after the Government announced its funding through the Provincial Growth Fund for the project.
KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says today’s announcements of new projects in the Provincial Growth Fund are a strong signal of the Government’s confidence in rail’s ability to drive regional economic growth for New Zealand.
KiwiRail is working alongside NZTA as quickly as possible to re-open the rail line and State Highway between Blenheim and Christchurch after it was hit by the sting of Cyclone Gita.
KiwiRail is reaping the benefits of an innovative growth strategy for its forestry business designed to make the best use of its wagon fleet.
KiwiRail has posted a positive half year result with an operating surplus (1) 39% ahead of the previous year, despite a challenging six months.
The 12 months since a 7.8 earthquake struck near Kaikoura devastating the Main North Line railway have been enormously challenging, but a year on it is pleasing to see progress made, delivering some respite for residents and truck drivers, KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.
One of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences, KiwiRail’s iconic TranzAlpine train journey, marked 30 years of operation today with celebrations in Christchurch and Greymouth.
Freight operations on the Main North Line between Blenheim and Christchurch are set to resume tonight, says KiwiRail Group General Manager Network Services Todd Moyle.
KiwiRail is giving the public a taste of what it’s like to be a train driver this Rail Safety Week, with its locomotive simulator set to make a rare appearance outside Parliament for the campaign’s launch on Monday 14 August.
Today’s welding of the line, linking up the railway between Picton and Christchurch is a huge milestone nine months after the November 14 earthquake and a credit to the more than 1500 people involved in the project KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.
A plaque honouring the courage of railway man Corporal Leslie Andrew has been unveiled today at Wellington Railway Station by KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy, The Rail Heritage Trust and Corporal Willie Apiata VC.
Sailings of the Interislander ferries have been cancelled from Wednesday night because of predicted severe weather in Cook Strait, with up to 7-metre-high waves forecast through till Friday morning.
All Wednesday sailings of the Interislander ferries have been cancelled because of predicted severe weather in Cook Strait, with 7.5 metre high waves expected.
KiwiRail and Tracksafe NZ are warning Auckland motorists to take more care as the number of vehicles hitting protective barrier arms at level crossings surges.
A collaborative initiative to reduce hot works injuries saw KiwiRail win the Engagement category of the 2017 New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards in Auckland last night.
Trains will be running north of Claverley towards Kaikoura on the Main North Line for the first time since the earthquake from tomorrow.
The Government’s two year commitment of $450 million in capital funding announced today will ensure the reliability initiatives of the past two years continue to drive productivity and commercial outcomes for KiwiRail and its customers, KiwiRail Chairman Trevor Janes says.
KiwiRail brought in a 132-tyre transporter to tackle the huge job of moving two locomotives that were stranded by the Kaikoura earthquake.
KiwiRail has moved to secure the future of the Cook Strait link by purchasing the Interislander ferry Kaitaki, the largest domestic passenger ferry operating in New Zealand. The ship had previously been leased.
Speed is coming before beauty as KiwiRail forges ahead with its reconstruction of the Main North Line.
Some of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences have been united under one brand, The Great Journeys of New Zealand.
The new name brings together four iconic New Zealand journeys that showcase the country’s diverse places and people:
• The Northern Explorer train service, which runs through the heart of the North Island via the Central Plateau’s three volcanic peaks
• The Interislander Cook Strait ferry service between the North and South Islands, taking in the picturesque Marlborough Sounds
• The TranzAlpine scenic railway, which traverses farmland, forests and the spectacular Southern Alps from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea
• And the Coastal Pacific train journey along the east coast of the South Island, flanked by the Kaikoura Ranges on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other (a service temporarily on hold while earthquake damage to the rail track is repaired).
All four internationally-acclaimed experiences, which together carry more than one million passengers a year, are owned and operated by New Zealand’s national rail operator KiwiRail.
On Sunday 7 May 2017 a special memorial event will be held at Tangiwai to honour the heroism of Locomotive Engineer First Class Charles Parker and Locomotive Fireman Lance Redman, whose selfless actions saved 134 lives during the Tangiwai disaster.
KiwiRail and NCTIR have reconnected the Main North Line between Christchurch and Ferniehurst so that massive work trains can help finish the repair.
The Government has announced an alliance between KiwiRail and NZTA that will work to reinstate the coastal rail and road route north of Kaikoura. Here is Minister of Transport Simon Bridges' press release:
KiwiRail will improve its reliability and efficiency for customers by employing an all-diesel fleet on the North Island Main Trunk line, KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.
KiwiRail are looking for volunteers to join staff from KiwiRail and Hutt City Council as they spring clean the Melling Railway Line in Lower Hutt between 9.00am – 2.00pm on Saturday 10 December.
KiwiRail has entered the coastal shipping freight market with a new NZ Connect service.
KiwiRail is reminding the public to stay well clear of all railway tracks, tunnels and bridges following reports that people have been accessing and trespassing on railway land between Picton and Christchurch.
KiwiRail to provide fast, direct freight connections to ports so sea lanes can take the strain, easing pressure on damaged roads.
KiwiRail’s ferries the Kaitaki and Kaiarahi are now back to over 75% capacity on the Cook Strait and hope to be running full operations by the end of the week.
KiwiRail advises all Wellington passenger services are back up and running today following yesterday’s earthquake.
14 November 2016
KiwiRail services are suspended following today’s earthquake.
KiwiRail advises that all trains on the North Island Main Trunk line (NIMT) south of Palmerston North and in the South Island have been cancelled until further notice due to today’s earthquake.
Further updates will be available throughout the morning. Please be advised commuter services in Auckland and Wellington are managed by TransDev and Metlink respectively. TransDev can be contacted on 09 969 7777 and Metlink can be contacted on 0800 801 700.
Ferry sailings have been cancelled until a full assessment can be made of the terminals in Wellington and Picton. There have been no injuries reported.
A full assessment is unlikely to be undertaken until daylight hours. The Kaiarahi is currently standing off Picton and the Kaitaki and Aratere are at anchor in Wellington Harbour.
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To our valued customers,
As you will be aware the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the South Island this morning has caused damage to many parts of New Zealand.
Our rail and ferry services are currently suspended from Palmerston North to Christchurch while assessments are being made.
We believe there could be extensive damage to the rail network south of Picton, though we will have a clearer picture of that as the morning progresses.
The Port Authorities are currently working with our staff on facilities at Wellington and Picton ferry terminals. Damage was suffered to the linkspan at Wellington but we are at this stage still assessing the extent of that.
Please be assured that our staff are working to ensure our services are back up and running for our customers as quickly as possible. Like many of you, we are also working to ensure our staff and their families are safe and to assist them where we can.
Thank you all for your patience and support in this very difficult time for the country. We will continue to update you throughout the day, today.
KiwiRail has won a prestigious award for its energy-saving efforts with its locomotives.
KiwiRail is taking a step forward in its relationship with CRRC that will see the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer take a bigger role in ensuring the successful performance of the locomotives it is supplying to New Zealand.
A new campaign aimed at reminding people to stay alert and cross carefully at railway level crossings is being launched by Transport Minister Hon Simon Bridges at the Wellington Railway Station on Monday morning.
KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy has signed an agreement with CRRC for the purchase of 15 DL class locomotives.
The successful electrification and re-signalling of the Auckland urban rail network which has helped transform public transport in New Zealand’s largest city has won a prestigious Australasian award.
KiwiRail is today releasing the Commercial Review it undertook in 2014 and that has helped shape the company’s current focus on improving its productivity and competitiveness.
KiwiRail has improved the ongoing training and performance of staff on the bridge of all Interislander ferries since the 2011 Monte Stello incident, Interislander Operations General Manager Mark Thompson says.
KiwiRail today announced an operating surplus of $27m for the six months ended 31 December 2015 compared to $35m achieved in the same period the previous year.
KiwiRail is inviting wannabe train drivers to experience the driver’s seat and to learn more about rail safety.
Trucks that strike rail bridges create a significant risk for rail passengers and staff, as well as exposing drivers and their companies to the cost of repairs, and KiwiRail’s message is always check your height before you drive under a bridge.
KiwiRail confirms that there has been an incident involving a train at Melling Station this morning.
KiwiRail and the NZ Police are alarmed at a spate of near collisions between motorists and trains at level crossings around the country and are urging drivers to obey level crossing warnings and exercise patience at level crossings.
Interislander’s Aratere ferry is due to depart Wellington for drydock repairs in Singapore tomorrow (Saturday 8 February). Following the break of Aratere’s propeller shaft on 5 November last year, the ship will be going to the Keppel Yard to have a new starboard shaft installed. While in drydock, the ship’s port shaft will be inspected and, if appropriate, also replaced.
KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ are warning people to use their Train Brain and not take risks around railway lines this holiday period.
KiwiRail’s Chairman, Mr John Spencer, today announced that Mr Peter Reidy will join the organisation as Chief Executive, effective 10th February 2014.
Over the last three years, KiwiRail has increased revenue by over 25 percent, with freight revenue growing by over $100 million in the same period, Chairman John Spencer said today at KiwiRail's Annual Public Meeting in Christchurch.
An independent investigation into anonymous allegations of infrastructure contracting irregularities by KiwiRail has found no evidence to support the claims.
Due to continued growth from the freight business KiwiRail is pleased to report that it has slightly exceeded its forecast result achieving an operating surplus of just over $108 million, compared to the expected range of $104 to $107 million. Revenue increased by $12 million to $727 million, with freight revenue of $467 million a $10 million increase on the previous year.
KiwiRail is advising Tranz Metro passengers that, following this afternoon’s magnitude 6.2 earthquake, all Wellington commuter lines are closed while track inspections are undertaken to check for any damage to the rail. The Wellington Railway Station is also closed.
People are being urged not to be a “dur brain” by trespassing on train tracks as part of an innovative new campaign for this year’s Rail Safety Week.
The Chairman of KiwiRail, Mr John Spencer, and the Board have announced they will not be renewing KiwiRail Chief Executive (CE), Mr Jim Quinn’s, five year contract when it expires in February 2014.
KiwiRail’s innovations to prevent falls have won the the Kensington Swan Best Initiative to Address a Safety Hazard category in last night’s New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.
KiwiRail has today released the report on its investigation into the accident in which a young woman was critically injured when a train hit her wheel chair after it became stuck at the Morningside pedestrian level crossing.
KiwiRail is pleased to report an increase in both revenue and operating surplus over the last six months. This result is primarily due to the continued growth in the core freight business which achieved a revenue result of over $238 million, an improvement of almost eight percent from the previous half year. Overall business revenue increased by four percent to almost $363 million and the operating surplus result of almost $47 million was a 7.6 percent increase.
KiwiRail is urging Ngaruawahia residents to help keep their young people safe this summer and stop them jumping off the rail bridge over the Waikato river.
“The fatal collision near Woodville yesterday is a personal tragedy and a reminder to road users and pedestrians to take extra care at level crossings,” says KiwiRail Chief Executive, Jim Quinn.
KiwiRail and the Chris Cairns Foundation are warning people to take care around railway lines this holiday period in light of recent statistics showing that people are continuing to take unnecessary risks around the railway.
The future of Hillside Workshops in Dunedin has been resolved after an extensive national and international search was undertaken for potential purchasers for the site. Unfortunately that process did not result in any purchaser for the entire Hillside business.
KiwiRail announced today the entry into a bulk fuel supply contract with Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited for the supply of diesel and associated services to KiwiRail.
KiwiRail has recorded a 25% growth in freight revenue in just two years, Chairman John Spencer said today at KiwiRail’s Annual Public Meeting.
KiwiRail’s progress towards becoming a sustainable business is well underway reporting revenue growth of 7.2% or almost $50 million. This includes strong revenue growth from the freight business of 15%, or approximately $60 million, and an increase in their EBITDA of 14%.
New locomotives and wagons are becoming the new workhorses on the network and has KiwiRail strongly placed to meet customer requirements.
At KiwiRail’s Annual Public Meeting in November 2011, we outlined our intention to make a change to the Balance Sheet that would reflect a standard commercial valuation approach.
Wellington commuters were treated to muffins and cake as they passed through Wellington Railway Station this morning to mark the building’s 75th birthday. The Minister of Transport, Gerry Brownlee, also paid the building a visit to join in the birthday celebrations.
Due to the severe weather warning issued by the Met Service we have made the decision to cancel scheduled Interislander sailings after the 6.25pm sailing from Wellington to Picton this evening.
KiwiRail’s core business of rail freight has experienced an 11 percent increase in revenue to over $220 million contributing to an overall business revenue increase of over five percent for the half year. The stand-out performer for freight was the Import Export (IMEX) division which recorded an increase in volume of 16 percent and a revenue increase of over 12 percent to over $61 million.
The Crusaders squad are travelling on KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth today, two days before their pre-season match with the Highlanders.
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