Rail Disruption Update: Flooding South Island

18 June 2013 9:09AM

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.

A slip has occurred between Timaru and Washdyke and rocks covered the track yesterday just south of Oamaru, with further falls expected from an unstable rock face above the track.  Several bridges have also been affected, including Opihi Bridge South of Temuka, which has damaged piers.

Due to flood damage, the Main South Line is closed between Christchurch and Timaru.  The Main South line between Dunedin and Invercargill is also closed as result of flood damage.  We do not expect the line to reopen until later this week but will be dependent on the weather, as conditions are  forecasted to deteriorate over the next few days. It’s too soon to say when we will be able to resume services, but KiwiRail is monitoring the situation and keeping in close contact with customers so they are kept up to date.


Media Contact: Sarah Pomeroy, Senior Communications Advisor, 021 804 906