Ports of Auckland, Lyttelton and KiwiRail join forces to keep South Island supplied

18 November 2016 4:04PM

KiwiRail to provide fast, direct freight connections to ports so sea lanes can take the strain, easing pressure on damaged roads.

Freight demand on New Zealand’s busiest domestic sea route, Auckland to Christchurch, has doubled following the massive Kaikoura Earthquake on Monday.

Ports of Auckland (POAL), Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) and KiwiRail have joined forces to provide fast, efficient and sustainable movement of domestic freight from Auckland to Christchurch.

Extra capacity has been opened up at the ports and KiwiRail is ramping up rail services from the ports’ inland hubs to make the most efficient use of the shipping capacity on the Auckland to Lyttelton freight route.                                                  

“This is one of a number of initiatives we are deploying and an important step in getting New Zealand moving again,” KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says. “We’ve been working very closely with our partners to offer an integrated approach to getting freight flowing in the South Island.  This will get non time-sensitive freight volumes moving from Auckland down to Lyttelton, which will assist to relieve some pressure on roads.”

“Coastal shipping will now play an important role in serving the needs of affected communities,” said Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson and Lyttelton Port of Christchurch CE Peter Davie.

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For further information:

Matt Ball, Ports of Auckland                                       09 348 5262

Sarah Stuart, KiwiRail,                                                021 684 564

Allanah James, Lyttelton Port of Christchurch           021 709 652