23 December 2015 10:10AM

The next stage of the project to upgrade the rail bridge on Eastern Hutt Road, near Silverstream, gets underway this holiday break, with new spans being installed to give motorists more clearance when passing underneath.

21 December 2015 11:11AM

KiwiRail today reaffirmed its commitment to continuing and growing its Auckland-Wellington scenic train service, as the Northern Explorer made its first departure from its new downtown Auckland base at Ngaoho Place, just off The Strand.

09 December 2015 10:10AM

Inattention has been shown to be the major factor in more than 40 per cent of serious and fatal injury collisions between vehicles and trains at railway level crossings.

08 December 2015 12:12PM

KiwiRail has started the next stage of its programme to upgrade the Wellington rail network ahead of a series of major projects that will be completed over the holiday period. 

04 December 2015 11:11AM

The Northern Explorer’s Auckland arrivals and departures will shift from Britomart to the railway station on Ngaoho Place in the Strand starting on Monday 21 December 2015. 

02 December 2015 3:03PM

KiwiRail has completed its investigation in to the loss two years ago of a propeller from the Interislander ferry Aratere  and believes the most likely cause was an irregularity in the propeller itself.   

18 November 2015 4:04PM

KiwiRail is warning heavy vehicle drivers of the potential dangers of bridge strikes after a truck hit the span of the bridge over Rockdale Road in Invercargill recently.

29 October 2015 10:10AM

KiwiRail’s 2015 Annual Report reflects a year of recovery and consolidation for the company as it maintains its focus on simplifying and improving the business, Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.

23 October 2015 1:01PM

Kaimai Tunnel works are well underway. The project team led by Project Manager Neil Mason and Construction Manager Tevita Brugger have already completed repairs on more than 300 metres of concrete slab and completed cleaning on 5.1km of the 8.8km tunnel.

20 October 2015 4:04PM

KiwiRail is installing new impact beams on the rail bridge on Eastern Hutt Road near Silverstream and truck drivers are being asked to check the height of their vehicles before passing underneath.  

20 October 2015 12:12PM

KiwiRail’s goal of becoming a fully intermodal rail operator is significantly closer following the delivery of its 1000th new container flat top wagon, KiwiRail’s Group General Manager Operations Iain Hill says. 

13 October 2015 12:12PM

KiwiRail’s latest Statement of Corporate Intent shows the company beginning to reap the benefits of its programme of improvement, chief executive Peter Reidy says.

17 September 2015 2:02PM

KiwiRail accepts the judgment of the Auckland District Court today in regard to the accident in which Downer employee Paul Anderson was seriously injured when a digger he was operating was struck by a train.

17 September 2015 9:09AM

KiwiRail has changed its procedures at its Tranz Metro maintenance depot following an investigation into the Kaiwharawhara derailment on 20 May, 2013.

28 August 2015 1:01PM

KiwiRail’s net operating surplus¹ of $91m for the year to June 30, 2015, is a 17% improvement over the previous year and is a credible result in the current environment, KiwiRail Chairman John Spencer says.

27 August 2015 11:11AM

KiwiRail proposes to use first-for-New Zealand technology to upgrade safety measures at Auckland’s Morningside Rail Station where a pedestrian died earlier this year.


09 August 2015 6:06PM


New Zealanders are being reminded to ’Expect Trains’ in a new nationwide campaign being launched by Transport Minister Hon Simon Bridges at the Wellington Railway Station tomorrow morning as part of Rail Safety Week.


03 August 2015 3:03PM

KiwiRail has opened tenders from tourism or freight rail operators interested in running services on the Napier-Gisborne rail line.

22 July 2015 2:02PM

The article in Travel Pulse magazine by James Ruggia gives a comprehensive description of Scenic Journeys' tourism offerings, and makes a strong case for international tourists to include rail in their NZ tour planning. The full article follows.

By James Ruggia - Travel Pulse

Usually when we think of crossing the Alps on a thrilling and jaw droppingly beautiful train we immediately think of Switzerland's Glacier Express or the Bernina Express, but south of the equator, New Zealand's TranzAlpine train crosses South Island from coast to coast on a run that crosses the Southern Alps, from Christchurch to Greymouth on a 4.5-hour journey that blazes through the clouds at its apex.

30 June 2015 5:05PM

KiwiRail announced today that it will keep the Capital Connection running for the next three years following a funding contribution by Horizons Regional Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.

15 June 2015 12:12PM

The sons and daughters of ten current KiwiRail employees have been awarded scholarships of $2000 towards their tertiary education.




05 June 2015 9:09AM

A rail bridge refurbishment project in the Taumaranui area is bringing substantial benefits to the local community.

27 May 2015 10:10AM

KiwiRail can confirm that the Tranz Alpine was involved in a collision with a motor vehicle at the level crossing on Keens Road near Springfield just after 09.00am this morning.

21 May 2015 3:03PM

KiwiRail has welcomed the funding package included in the Government’s Budget announcements today. KiwiRail will receive $210m in 2015/16 and a further $190m as a pre-commitment against Budget 2016.

19 May 2015 3:03PM

As part of KiwiRail’s commitment to greater sustainability the Interislander ferry Arahura is trialling Fuel Oil Emulsion (FOE) technology in one of the ship’s auxiliary engines. FOE burns more completely than unmodified fuel and so uses less fuel, emissions are lower and the engines run cooler and so should require less maintenance.

15 May 2015 2:02PM

Tranz Metro services are starting to resume this afternoon as work continues on the network following yesterday’s weather event.

13 May 2015 2:02PM

Preparations are underway at Dargaville rail yard as a local tourism operator Port Dargaville Cruises Director John Hansen prepares to expand his activities later this year to run rail carts along the Dargaville branch line. 


12 May 2015 3:03PM

The Interislander Arahura ferry's replacement will go into service this spring, proudly bearing the new name of Kaiarahi.

01 April 2015 3:03PM

KiwiRail and the Tauranga City Council are working together to close off a walkway to an informal level crossing between Seaway Terrace and Ngatai Road in mid-April, due to safety concerns.


26 March 2015 1:01PM

KiwiRail is taking advantage of the quieter Easter period to undertake essential maintenance at five level crossings in Onehunga and around Papakura.

25 March 2015 3:03PM

The level crossing on Richard Pearse Drive across the Main South Line in Temuka is to be upgraded this weekend with the installation of specially designed rubber ground panels.

25 March 2015 10:10AM

KiwiRail advises Mosgiel residents that upcoming maintenance works to improve under-track conditions will see road detours clearly signposted and train protection systems temporarily turned off on 18 to 19 April, 2015. Over this weekend the largest set up of KiwiRail’s rail maintenance machines, the ballast cleaner, is coming to town.

23 March 2015 11:11AM

KiwiRail fears a tragedy could occur in Tuakau, following a significant rise in trespass incidents on the railway reported by KiwiRail train drivers in the area. KiwiRail is urging residents and visitors to stay off the rail tracks and only cross at official crossings.

12 March 2015 4:04PM

KiwiRail has written to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council today declining its request for more time in which to confirm its interest in leasing the mothballed Napier–Gisborne rail line.

In the letter to council chairman Fenton Wilson, KiwiRail cites concerns over the significant number of fundamental outstanding issues yet to be resolved, and signals it will now begin looking at rail enabled tourism ventures as possible users of the line.

KiwiRail has been working with the council and its potential operator for almost two years on options to re-establish a rail operation, KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy says. In November last year KiwiRail wrote to the council giving them the option of leasing the line and asking for a decision by the end of February this year.

Meanwhile, KiwiRail has been aware for two years of other parties with an expressed interest in operating tourism ventures on the line, Mr Reidy says.

"We have not progressed any of these options (other than registering that interest), in order to give the Council first preference for leasing the line. We are however reluctant to cause further delay to progressing these discussions.

Mr Reidy said that in a meeting last week with the Council Chairman and Chief Executive, they acknowledged the difficulties they faced in resolving the outstanding issues and developing a viable business case.

In light of that acknowledgment, and the interest expressed by other parties KiwiRail had decided it would not grant the request for more time.

The line will remain mothballed, which leaves the opportunity for it to reopen to rail operation should sufficient freight volumes and/or additional funding be secured to enable a commercially viable operation.

KiwiRail would ensure the Council is kept abreast of other discussions taking place around future uses of the line.

Mr Reidy said the outstanding issues in the business case for the proposed rail operation were significant.

The potential operator had yet to secure long term contracts with guaranteed volumes, with forestry companies, or other cargo owners to provide revenue certainty.

There were no confirmed private investors to fund the establishment of the proposed operating company and to cover the expected shortfall not covered by revenue earned; or suitable operational and risk management expertise identified to manage the proposed rail operation.

Fit for purpose rolling stock had yet to be found that can be made available for use in a timely and cost effective manner (noting KiwiRail has consistently advised it cannot provide suitable wagons).

In addition there was no clarity about the long term plans for maintenance of the Wairoa to Gisborne section of the line and accommodation of Gisborne City Vintage Rail’s requirements.


Media Contact: Jenni Austin, 021 961 495

06 March 2015 5:05PM

Interislander sailing to revised schedule

06 March 2015 1:01PM

Interislander is advising customers to expect delays to sailings today and over the weekend due to the severe weather that is currently moving across Cook Strait.

The weather is likely to impact on schedules over the coming couple of days. Strong winds of up to 60 knots in Picton Harbour caused the Aratere to move at its berth and this has damaged the loading ramp which is being currently assessed by Port Marlborough.

The ship itself has not been damaged.

Interislander is contacting affected customers and advising them of revised sailing times to ensure any delays to travel are minimsed. Text alerts are being sent out and people can text 322, type in ARR (arrival) or DEP (departure) for the latest estimated sailing times.

Aratere is expected to sail shortly once Port Marlborough has given safety clearance. The weather in the area is moderating and this will allow the ferries to continue operating although to a revised timetable.

Light motor vehicles are able to be loaded and disembarked from the ships but rail freight is not being carried until the port company has completed its assessment of the ramp.


Media Contact: 04 498 2038

05 March 2015 5:05PM

KiwiRail has this week met with representatives from Hawkes Bay Regional Council regarding its intentions to lease the Napier-Gisborne Line.

In February the Council resolved to ask for an extension of four months in order to finalise a business case for resuming rail operations on the line.

KiwiRail had set a deadline of 1 March 2015 for the Council to finalise its business case and make a decision on whether to lease the line. 

This week’s meetings between KiwiRail and the Council’s Chief Executive and Chairman enabled in depth discussions on the proposal to take place, says KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy.

KiwiRail is currently considering the request for the time extension and expects to make a decision on the request shortly. The council has been considering options for re-establishing rail services on the line since it was mothballed in 2012. 


Media Contact: 04 498 2038


02 March 2015 1:01PM

For the six months to 31 December 2014, KiwiRail is reporting total revenue earnings of $366.6 million.  This was an increase of $1.1 million over the comparable period in 2013, despite a challenging market environment, particularly in bulk freight.

27 February 2015 10:10AM

Tranz Metro services on the Kapiti Line between Wellington and Porirua have returned to normal scheduling.

26 February 2015 4:04PM

Tranz Metro services between Wellington and Porirua remain suspended until further notice and buses will continue to be provided for customers travelling between those stations.

17 February 2015 4:04PM

KiwiRail will be withdrawing the buffet car from Monday 2 March 2015 as it is due for significant maintenance work.

04 February 2015 1:01PM

Predicted good weather over the long weekend has raised concerns with KiwiRail and NZ Police that young Ngaruawahia community will be tempted back on to the rail bridge. The two organisations are urging the local residents to continue the positive support which has helped keep their young people off the rail bridge and safely away from up to 2000 tonne freight trains.

03 February 2015 4:04PM

February sees the start of KiwiRail’s upgrade to seven wooden rail bridges along the North Island Main Trunk Line (NIMT) in the Taumarunui area. The work will improve the efficiency of the busy main line which runs from Auckland to Wellington and will be done in close consultation with the local community and authorities.

03 February 2015 1:01PM

KiwiRail and Auckland Transport call on Aucklanders to watch out when driving or playing near the rail tracks as the electrical wires running above them offer no second chances. This follows a recent increase in emergency call outs to remove obstructions on overhead wires which power Auckland’s electric trains putting people at risk fortunately no-one has been hurt yet.

23 January 2015 11:11AM

Interislander ferries moved 128,279 passengers, 33,174 passenger vehicles and 4762 freight vehicles over the Christmas and New Year holiday period with the three ferry services meeting 100 per cent of all scheduled sailings between 24 December 2014 and 19 January.

16 January 2015 2:02PM

KiwiRail and NZ Police are urging Ngaruawahia residents to help keep their young people safe this summer and stop them jumping off the rail bridge over the Waikato River.

15 January 2015 12:12PM

KiwiRail will be carrying out further repairs to the Silverstream rail bridge this weekend, following a vehicle strike on 7 January that caused significant structural damage to the bridge span.

13 January 2015 4:04PM

Eastern Hutt Road near the Silversteam rail bridge remains partially closed after it was struck by a vehicle last Wednesday (7 January). 

09 January 2015 2:02PM

Tranz Metro services between Taita and Upper Hutt stations will resume over the next hour and services will run as follows:

08 January 2015 4:04PM

This to advise your listeners that Eastern Hutt Road near the Silversteam rail bridge has been partially closed as repair work is undertaken after the bridge was damaged by a vehicle strike on 7 January. 

08 January 2015 11:11AM

Update 11.50 am   

Tranz Metro services between Taita and Upper Hutt stations are still being replaced by buses after a truck struck the Silverstream rail bridge yesterday. 

07 January 2015 5:05PM

Tranz Metro services between Taita and Upper Hutt stations are being replaced by buses after a truck struck the Silverstream rail bridge until further notice. 



07 January 2015 4:04PM

Tranz Metro services between Taita and Upper Hutt stations are being replaced by buses after a truck struck the Silverstream rail bridge this afternoon.

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.

06 January 2015 9:09AM

KiwiRail staff are currently inspecting rail lines in the South Island following this morning’s earthquakes near Arthur’s Pass and Methven.