KiwiRail continues repair work on West Coast

04 January 2013 11:11AM

KiwiRail is continuing to assess and repair damage, caused by the storm earlier this week, at a number of sites on the West Coast. 

The railway line between Christchurch and Greymouth, and through the Buller Gorge remains closed and all train services have been cancelled. 

The section of line running through the Buller Gorge has been particularly hard hit, with the difficult terrain in the area  hampering  access by track workers  to  assess the situation  and begin the repair job.

Several  bridges have been damaged, one significantly, and slips and washouts have damaged track at a number of locations.

It is anticipated the line between Christchurch and Greymouth will be back in operation within three to four days, allowing the resumption of the Tranz Alpine and freight services across the Southern Alps.  Coach services are in place for passengers  with bookings on the Tranz Alpine. 

However the section through the Buller Gorge will take longer for repairs to be completed, and coal services from the Westport area  may not resume for at least a week.  KiwiRail is in close contact with Solid Energy over the situation.




Media Contact:   Jenni Austin, Senior Communications Advisor,  021 961 495