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Aftershocks further disrupt rail services

7 September 2010

Rail services were again disrupted this morning following several strong aftershocks overnight.

KiwiRail is taking a precautionary approach within the earthquake zone to manage the impact of the continuing aftershocks. It suspended services before midnight and staff are now inspecting track and bridges.

Track damage has been found near Rolleston on the Midland Line, in the same location as damage caused by Saturday morning's earthquake.

It is expected that rail services will be restored this afternoon, pending the completion of any necessary repairs and no further significant aftershocks.

Rising river levels mean a section of the Main North Line near Kaiapoi remains closed and a decision about re-opening will be made later in the day.

KiwiRail will continue with a road bridging' service at Rangiora to ensure freight off trains coming down from the North Island can be delivered into Christchurch.

The TranzCoastal (Christchurch - Picton) and TranzAlpine (Christchurch - Greymouth) passenger services are expected to resume tomorrow (8 September) with speed restrictions within the earthquake zone.

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