Trains to 10km/h in town

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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.

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