18 December 2013 4:04PM
A smoother ride for passengers and freight is just around the corner as KiwiRail’s rail grinder makes its way into Christchurch this summer.
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.
KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ are warning people to use their Train Brain and not take risks around railway lines this holiday period.
Interislander’s Arahura ferry is celebrating its 30th birthday tomorrow. Since she entered service back in December 1983, the ship has completed just under 49,000 crossings, covering around 2.7 million nautical miles.
KiwiRail can confirm that Seaworks has successfully retrieved Aratere’s propeller this afternoon, which was lost from the ship when the shaft broke on 5 November outside Tory Channel.
Interislander has received approval to operate the Aratere as a single shaft, freight-only service from Tuesday 10 December until Tuesday 24 December following safety approval from classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
Interislander has today re-opened the booking system for new passenger vehicle bookings for both the Kaitaki and Stena Alegra from 12 January to 31 March, 2014.
Interislander has announced its decision to charter Stena Alegra, a roll-on, roll-off passenger ferry owned by Stena Finance BV and managed by Northern Marine Management, to assist with capacity and service our customers over the peak summer period while the Aratere is out of service.
Aratere’s starboard propeller has been located following a search conducted by Seaworks on Saturday morning. The propeller, which was lost when the shaft broke on 5 November, was located approximately two nautical miles from Tory Channel and approximately 120 metres deep.
Fire suppressant equipment has now been installed on all the locomotives used to haul the TranzAlpine says KiwiRail’s Chief Executive Jim Quinn.
Following the loss of one of Aratere’s propellers on 5 November, Interislander has undertaken a capacity assessment for its peak period through December and January and can confirm that with its existing timetable we will lose around 45 percent of our freight and passenger capacity.
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’s Chairman, Mr John Spencer, today announced that Mr Peter Reidy will join the organisation as Chief Executive, effective 10th February 2014.
“Following Aratere’s removal from service, Interislander is continuing to contact our affected customers travelling in the next few days directly to accommodate them on other sailings. We have closed our system for future bookings, but expect to be able to re-open it again early next week once a new timetable is in place,” says Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis.
On Tuesday evening (November 5th) Aratere suffered a mechanical issue on her return voyage to Wellington. While she was able to return to Wellington Terminal she has now been withdrawn from service.
The latest Wellington Tranz Metro customer satisfaction survey and a Chartered Institute of Transport Logistics (CILT) award have shown that customer service and sentiment is continuing to improve.
Due to an unforeseen extension to this weekend's track maintenance, Johnsonville Line services will be bus replaced on a half hourly basis with the aim of having train services running on the line by tomorrow morning.
Over the last three years, KiwiRail has increased revenue by over 25 percent, with freight revenue growing by over $100 million in the same period, Chairman John Spencer said today at KiwiRail's Annual Public Meeting in Christchurch.
An independent investigation into anonymous allegations of infrastructure contracting irregularities by KiwiRail has found no evidence to support the claims.
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.
Tranz Metro train disruptions – timetable changes Tuesday Oct 8
Matangi trains undergoing mechanical inspection
An upgrade for Kamo Road level crossing, Whangarei
Interislander’s flagship passenger ferry – the Kaitaki – arrived in Wellington this morning after making its way back from drydock in Brisbane with a brand new look. The ship departed Wellington just over six weeks ago for drydock work as well as a $4.5 million refurbishment of the passenger areas.
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.
Due to continued growth from the freight business KiwiRail is pleased to report that it has slightly exceeded its forecast result achieving an operating surplus of just over $108 million, compared to the expected range of $104 to $107 million. Revenue increased by $12 million to $727 million, with freight revenue of $467 million a $10 million increase on the previous year.
KiwiRail’s second generation DL Locomotives were officially launched today in Auckland by the Minister of Transport, Hon Gerry Brownlee.
KiwiRail wishes to advise Tranz Metro passengers that normal train services resumed Saturday morning, following Friday's magnitude 6.6 earthquake.
People are being urged not to be a “dur brain” by trespassing on train tracks as part of an innovative new campaign for this year’s Rail Safety Week.
KiwiRail has unloaded shipments of six brand new rail maintenance machines from Australia and the United States.
Following the completion of inspections to check on any damage to the rail network after last night’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake, the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, Johnsonville and the Waikanae lines have all been reopened to rail services.
KiwiRail is advising Tranz Metro passengers that, following this evening’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake, all Wellington commuter lines are closed and will remain closed tomorrow morning with no peak train services or bus replacements operating. All passengers are advised to make alternative travel arrangements for the morning.
Following consultation with New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), KiwiRail has decided as a precautionary measure to temporarily bus transfer passengers for the 14kms between Arthurs Pass and Otira in both directions as of tomorrow (Monday 22 July), rather than going through the Otira tunnel by train.
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.
This week the Interislander’s Aratere had a rather unusual passenger — a nine month old male giraffe bound for Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park. The giraffe, named Fanana, had been flown from Sydney to Auckland and been driven down to Wellington by truck before crossing Cook Strait aboard Aratere.
KiwiRail is advising Hutt Valley Line and Wairarapa Line train commuters that it is planning to resume normal services on the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa lines tomorrow morning.
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KiwiRail’s all new Northern Explorer service between Auckland and Wellington is celebrating its one-year anniversary of operation today having met its financial targets.
KiwiRail and Greater Wellington Regional Council is reminding Hutt Valley and Wairarapa train line commuters to prepare and plan for significant delays when travelling home this evening and over the coming days.
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.
KiwiRail is advising Hutt Valley Line and Wairarapa Line train commuters to expect and plan for longer than usual travel times into Wellington City this week, as a result of significant damage to rail tracks in Petone during last week’s storm.
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Adverse weather and track damage has impacted on all services. However, bus replacements are now operating hourly on all lines except the Wairarapa Line. Train services have resumed between Upper Hutt and Masterton but are subject to speed restrictions which will cause delays.
Latest updated from KiwiRail dated 21 June 2013, 11:10am.
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.
The Chairman of KiwiRail, Mr John Spencer, and the Board have announced they will not be renewing KiwiRail Chief Executive (CE), Mr Jim Quinn’s, five year contract when it expires in February 2014.
Heavier and longer freight trains are now travelling around the lower North Island due to a growing international demand for export logs.
Interislander has joined forces with Destination Marlborough and Nelson Tasman Tourism to launch a campaign for people looking to ditch the winter blues for blue sky days in Marlborough and Nelson. The ‘Make a Memory in Marlborough and Nelson’ winter campaign begins today and will run through June and July.
KiwiRail’s innovations to prevent falls have won the the Kensington Swan Best Initiative to Address a Safety Hazard category in last night’s New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.
The winner of KiwiRail Scenic Journeys’ very popular Facebook photo competition has been named with Christchurch local, Andy Lukey, taking out the top prize of $1,000 cash and $1,000 travel with KiwiRail Scenic Journeys. Mr Lukey’s portfolio, captured on the Coastal Pacific train journey from Christchurch to Picton, was the strongest of the 12 photographers who competed in the final of the competition.
Interislander will be giving its flagship passenger ferry – the Kaitaki – a bit of a spruce up this winter. Following the recent decision to renew the lease for another four years until 2017, a refurbishment of the passenger areas on the ship will be completed when the ship goes into dry dock in August this year.
KiwiRail has today released the report on its investigation into the accident in which a young woman was critically injured when a train hit her wheel chair after it became stuck at the Morningside pedestrian level crossing.
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.
Interislander has today announced the decision to renew the lease on the Kaitaki ferry for another four years.
Fares for the Capital Connection will increase for all travel from 1 May 2013. The last fare increase for the service was on 1 November 2011.
KiwiRail has today announced that the Coastal Pacific train between Picton and Christchurch will operate as an extended summer service in the seven months between October and April. This seasonal service is expected to be in place while Christchurch rebuilds its tourism infrastructure.
KiwiRail has today announced that it will continue to operate the Capital Connection service for another two years before making a final call on whether or not it will be closed.
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.
KiwiRail is pleased to report an increase in both revenue and operating surplus over the last six months. This result is primarily due to the continued growth in the core freight business which achieved a revenue result of over $238 million, an improvement of almost eight percent from the previous half year. Overall business revenue increased by four percent to almost $363 million and the operating surplus result of almost $47 million was a 7.6 percent increase.
Unfortunately Mr Twyford’s statement titled “KiwiRail admits lack of maintenance led to wash-out” misinterprets the issue.
KiwiRail Scenic has launched its new Waitomo and Hobbiton Escape package for the Northern Explorer train between Auckland and Wellington.
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 urging Ngaruawahia residents to help keep their young people safe this summer and stop them jumping off the rail bridge over the Waikato river.
KiwiRail is continuing to assess and repair damage, caused by the storm earlier this week, at a number of sites on the West Coast.
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