Trains to 10km/h in town
Kiwirail has reduced the speed of trains travelling through Matamata while a signal box at a busy intersection is being rebuilt.
Motorists should take extra care after the box was hit by a car and demolished. It means the warning bells, lights and barrier arms at the crossing are out of action. It was expected to take up to five more weeks to fix.
A car crash on January 14 wrecked the signal box that operates the warning devices at the crossing on State Highway 27 at Firth St and Burwood Rd intersection.
‘‘Unfortunately, the damage to the signals box was so significant we need to rebuild the system from scratch. There is no off-theshelf solution available,’’ says KiwiRail’s North Island regional manager Henare Clarke.
With around 10 trains using the line daily, KiwiRail and the NZTA are urging all road users to take extra care at the crossing. People should expect trains at any time. Signs are in place to alert road users.
KiwiRail has reduced train speeds to 10km/h over the crossing, with train drivers sounding their horns when approaching to warn motorists of a train’s presence.