North­ern rail up­grade stud­ied

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

AS WORK PRO­GRESSES TO RE-OPEN the rail line be­tween Wairoa and Napier to carry logs by train, moves could be afoot to up­grade rail in North­land, in­clud­ing the link to the port at Mars­den Point.

Forestry Min­is­ter, Shane Jones and Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Phil Twyford, an­nounced last month that a rail up­grade could be in­cluded as part of a pack­age of Provin­cial Growth Fund im­prove­ments to help North­land’s eco­nomic and so­cial growth.

Ki­wiRail Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Peter Reidy, wel­comed the an­nounce­ment, say­ing: “North­land’s rail lines are un­der-used and much of the rail in­fra­struc­ture is old, re­duc­ing the speed at which trains can travel. The tun­nels are not fit for pur­pose when it comes to con­tainer freight and con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment is needed to bring the rail line up to mod­ern stan­dards.”

Ki­wiRail cur­rently runs one week­day re­turn ser­vice from North­land to Auck­land on the line pre­dom­i­nantly car­ry­ing dairy and forestry.

NZL

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