South Island earthquakes – Update

06 January 2015 12:12PM

KiwiRail staff have completed inspections on the lines closed following the earthquakes near Arthur’s Pass and Methven earlier this morning.

Inspections on the Main North Line (between Oaro and Christchurch), Main South Line (between Oamaru and Christchurch) and Hokitika Line have been completed, no issues were reported and safety clearance has been given to reopen the lines. 

We are awaiting final clearance on the Stillwater and Midland lines. 

Bus replacements were organised for passengers on the TranzAlpine and freight services on the reopened lines have now resumed. 

Staff worked as quickly as possible to give clearance on these lines but safety is always our top priority in these circumstances.   

Further updates will be provided once more information is available. 


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