5 June 2015
A rail bridge refurbishment project in the Taumaranui area is bringing substantial benefits to the local community.
A rail bridge refurbishment project in the Taumaranui area is bringing substantial benefits to the local community.
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.
KiwiRail is taking advantage of the quieter Easter period to undertake essential maintenance at five level crossings in Onehunga and around Papakura.
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.
KiwiRail has written to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council today declining its request for more time in which to confirm its interest in leasing the mothballed Napier–Gisborne rail line.
In the letter to council chairman Fenton Wilson, KiwiRail cites concerns over the significant number of fundamental outstanding issues yet to be resolved, and signals it will now begin looking at rail enabled tourism ventures as possible users of the line.
KiwiRail has been working with the council and its potential operator for almost two years on options to re-establish a rail operation, KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy says. In November last year KiwiRail wrote to the council giving them the option of leasing the line and asking for a decision by the end of February this year.
Meanwhile, KiwiRail has been aware for two years of other parties with an expressed interest in operating tourism ventures on the line, Mr Reidy says.
"We have not progressed any of these options (other than registering that interest), in order to give the Council first preference for leasing the line. We are however reluctant to cause further delay to progressing these discussions.
Mr Reidy said that in a meeting last week with the Council Chairman and Chief Executive, they acknowledged the difficulties they faced in resolving the outstanding issues and developing a viable business case.
In light of that acknowledgment, and the interest expressed by other parties KiwiRail had decided it would not grant the request for more time.
The line will remain mothballed, which leaves the opportunity for it to reopen to rail operation should sufficient freight volumes and/or additional funding be secured to enable a commercially viable operation.
KiwiRail would ensure the Council is kept abreast of other discussions taking place around future uses of the line.
Mr Reidy said the outstanding issues in the business case for the proposed rail operation were significant.
The potential operator had yet to secure long term contracts with guaranteed volumes, with forestry companies, or other cargo owners to provide revenue certainty.
There were no confirmed private investors to fund the establishment of the proposed operating company and to cover the expected shortfall not covered by revenue earned; or suitable operational and risk management expertise identified to manage the proposed rail operation.
Fit for purpose rolling stock had yet to be found that can be made available for use in a timely and cost effective manner (noting KiwiRail has consistently advised it cannot provide suitable wagons).
In addition there was no clarity about the long term plans for maintenance of the Wairoa to Gisborne section of the line and accommodation of Gisborne City Vintage Rail’s requirements.
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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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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.
KiwiRail staff have completed inspections on the lines closed following the earthquakes near Arthur’s Pass and Methven earlier this morning.
KiwiRail staff are currently inspecting rail lines in the South Island following this morning’s earthquakes near Arthur’s Pass and Methven.
A smoother ride for passengers and freight is just around the corner as KiwiRail’s rail grinder makes its way into Christchurch this summer.
KiwiRail staff will be working around the clock during the holiday break to complete essential maintenance tasks on the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley Lines.
Representatives from Greater Wellington Regional Council, Porirua City Council and the Ministry of Transport joined KiwiRail and contractors to celebrate the raising of the first traction mast in a major electrical upgrade project on the Kapiti Line today.
KiwiRail accepts the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) findings on the Staircase-Craigieburn incident and the factors that impacted on the train controller’s performance on the day.
Auckland rail network signalling operational
A smoother ride for passengers and freight is just around the corner as KiwiRail’s rail grinder makes its way into Wellington along the North Island Main Trunk line.
An upgrade for Kamo Road level crossing, Whangarei
A safety campaign has been launched this week warning Aucklanders they won’t get a second chance if they get too close to the overhead wires which will power the city’s new electric trains.
KiwiRail has unloaded shipments of six brand new rail maintenance machines from Australia and the United States.
KiwiRail inspections have identified minor damage to the sea wall along the Ngauranga-Petone section of the rail line as a result of southerly swells and stormy weather since Wednesday.
New flashing light and bell automatic alarms have been installed at the level crossing at the south end of the settlement of Tokomaru in Horowhenua.
New automatic half arm barriers have been installed at the Lagmhor Road level crossing in Ashburton.
New flashing light and bell automatic alarms have been installed at the Creyke Road level crossing near Darfield.
Badly washed-out sections of track along Wellington’s foreshore have kept KiwiRail crews busy day and night in an effort to restore rail services after Thursday’s devastating storm.
Latest updated from KiwiRail 21 June 2013, 1:10pm
Latest update from KiwiRail dated 21 June 2013, 10:30am
KiwiRail staff and contractors have been working steadily to clear slips and remove debris from around bridge piers at multiple sites on the Main South Line (between Christchurch and Dunedin).
Flooding incidents have closed the Main South Line (which runs between Christchurch and Dunedin) and the line between Dunedin and Balclutha.
Flooding incidents have affected kilometres of rail line south of Timaru on the Main South Line (which runs between Christchurch and Dunedin) as well as south of Dunedin. Flood water has covered the tracks between Studholme and Glenavy, at Whitecraig, Hampden, and at several sites between Dunedin and Balclutha. Further flooding has occurred south of Dunedin at Allanton.
New flashing light and bell automatic alarms have been installed at the Raleigh Street level crossing, located just south of the Greymouth freight terminal on the Hokitika Industrial Line.
New flashing light and bell automatic alarms have been installed at Palmerston’s Stour Street level crossing.
On 25 August 2012 an incident occurred in the Kaimai Tunnel where contractors’ staff became exposed to carbon monoxide. KiwiRail takes safety seriously. An investigation was undertaken subsequent to the incident and all recommendations were immediately implemented.
Unfortunately Mr Twyford’s statement titled “KiwiRail admits lack of maintenance led to wash-out” misinterprets the issue.
KiwiRail is satisfied that the figures in our report are robust and our view remains the same - if we thought we could run a commercial operation on that line we would be doing so.
KiwiRail is continuing to assess and repair damage, caused by the storm earlier this week, at a number of sites on the West Coast.
A project which transformed New Lynn’s rail infrastructure has received the Supreme Award for New Zealand Engineering Excellence.
Consultation with Hillside staff on the impact of changes to Hillside Workshops has been completed with the following confirmed:
A smoother ride for passengers and freight is just around the corner as KiwiRail’s newly commissioned rail grinder makes its way along the East Coast Main Trunk line. The RR24M-30A Rail Grinder, owned and operated by global contractor, Speno, extends the lifespan of the track through smoothing and removing defective metal from the railhead, resulting in longer lasting rails.
KiwiRail apologises for disruption caused to rail commuters by two unrelated incidents on the Auckland rail network in the past 24 hours.
The Napier to Gisborne line is to be mothballed due to the prohibitive costs to both repair storm damage caused earlier this year and maintain the rail line over coming years.
KiwiRail has today confirmed the future structure of its Infrastructure and Engineering business. The final decision follows KiwiRail’s June announcement that its resourcing levels would be reviewed and weeks of consultation with staff and other stakeholders across the country. As a result, the total number of staff reductions has been revised to 158 - 23 fewer than initially planned.
Drivers and pedestrians throughout Auckland can cross the railway tracks more safely now that all road and pedestrian level crossings on the Auckland rail commuter network have been fitted out with automatic alarm systems. The announcement comes as upgrades to Takanini’s pedestrian level crossings, where warning bells and flashing lights were installed, were completed last week.
Reports that we have something to hide because we sought an injunction to prevent media reporting on the leaked Infrastructure and Engineering Business Plan are extremely frustrating, says KiwiRail Chief Executive Jim Quinn.
KiwiRail, the Police and Kaiapoi Borough School are urging pedestrians to use the underpass on Adderley Terrace to access the school grounds from Fuller Street and vice versa.
Consultations with KiwiRail’s Infrastructure and Engineering (I&E) staff across the country about proposed staff reductions will continue this week,” says Chief Executive Jim Quinn.
Chief Executive Jim Quinn said today that KiwiRail have discovered that some imported wooden sleepers are showing signs of premature decay.
Additional safety measures in the form of half arm barriers were installed at the Purnell Street level crossing in Wanganui this week. It is the first crossing to be upgraded by KiwiRail this financial year.
A contract to deliver a specialised rail grinding machine to New Zealand was signed by KiwiRail and Australian firm Speno last week.
On Friday afternoon a work crew near the Wellington Rail Yards were surprised to find their maintenance work was being observed by a seal who had ventured near the tracks.
Public road level crossing collision figures have hit an all-time low as we observe International level crossing awareness day on 7 June.
Last night KiwiRail’s Hutt Workshops took out the ACC best practice award at the Wellington Gold Awards held at the TSB Arena.
KiwiRail has concluded its preliminary investigation into the power outage at its National Train Control Centre (NTCC) in Wellington which caused widespread disruption on the Auckland rail network yesterday afternoon.
KiwiRail is seeking expressions of interest for the sale of our Dunedin-based Hillside Workshops business.
KiwiRail engineers have completed the assessment of the damage to the Napier to Gisborne line and have reported it will cost between $3.3 and $4.3 million to repair and take approximately five months to complete.
Over the Easter break a major milestone was achieved on the Kapiti Line with the replacement of the last stretch of old overhead wire through the tunnels south of Paekakariki, says Infrastructure and Engineering General Manager Rick van Barneveld.
A wider Mt Wellington Highway bridge was opened to full traffic in the weekend after more than three months of rebuild works.
Additional safety measures in the form of flashing bells and alarms were installed at the Walkers Road level crossing in Rolleston this week.
KiwiRail says it could take a further two weeks to fully assess reinstatement options for the section of the Napier- Gisborne railway line extensively damaged by heavy rain in the region last week.
KiwiRail is assessing reinstatement options for the section of the Napier- Gisborne railway line extensively damaged by heavy rain in the region last week.
Interislander – the country’s leading Cook Strait ferry operator – has announced a major new partnership deal with Rowing New Zealand that will mean great rates for any crews crossing the Strait for regattas in the North Island and the South Island.
A brand new Morrin Road rail overbridge was opened to vehicles and pedestrians this week, 12 days ahead of schedule, to the delight of neighbouring businesses and motorists.
A further milestone will be reached on the electrification of Auckland rail network this weekend with the commissioning of new signalling along a 10 kilometre section of track between Wiri and Papakura.
Essential repairs and reconstruction at Kenepuru Station on the Kapiti Line have been completed, with the station reopening this morning.
Major works were completed on the Wellington rail network while most New Zealanders were enjoying the holiday break. Hundreds of railway staff and contractors worked around the clock on programmes to improve and maintain the rail network.
While the rest of the country is on holiday hundreds of railway staff and contractors are working around the clock on busy work programmes in Auckland and Wellington preparing the rail networks for improved commuter services and electric trains.
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