While we are delighted that the line is once again up and running, there is more to be done to return this line to a standard similar to the rest of New Zealand’s rail network, ensuring efficient rail operations for the long-term.
To allow greater train speed and axle weight, over time we will be replacing another 10km of rail and laying more than 100,000 sleepers
We are also carrying out further work to complete repairs to tunnel linings.
KiwiRail has received Government investment of $204.5 to:
Rail has a number of benefits – including helping to reduce road congestion and road maintenance costs through fewer truck journeys. Rail also helps reduce overall transport emissions, given each tonne of freight carried by rail has 70 per cent fewer emissions than that carried by road.
With freight volumes in Northland expected to increase from 18 million tonnes a year currently to 23 million tonnes by 2042, rail is a crucial part of developing an efficient, integrated road-rail transport system in the region.