Geotech­ni­cal study starts on pro­posed rail link

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

Ki­wirail has started geotech­ni­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions along a sec­tion of the route of the pro­posed rail link to North­port at Mars­den Pt.

Ki­wirail act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Moyle said the scop­ing work will in­form the busi­ness case for North­land rail cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped by the Min­istry of Trans­port for the link from Oak­leigh to the deep water port.

“We’ve held a des­ig­na­tion for this rail spur for sev­eral years, and are very pleased to be now tak­ing steps to de­ter­mine how the line would be built,” Moyle said.

“Th­ese in­ves­ti­ga­tions will pro­vide us with more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the de­sign and po­ten­tial con­struc­tion meth­ods for the link, as well as costs and time­frames. To be­gin with, we’ll be work­ing at Mata Hill over the next few weeks, us­ing a drilling rig to take sam­ples from a num­ber of lo­ca­tions. Th­ese will bore up to 30 me­tres into the ground to re­move sam­ples for anal­y­sis.”

He said Ki­wirail is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing what as­so­ci­ated works would be needed on the North Auck­land Line to al­low for more freight to be car­ried by rail in North­land.

“The Gov­ern­ment has in­di­cated its strong sup­port for the value rail de­liv­ers in the re­gions and the ben­e­fits it brings for New Zealand by tak­ing trucks off the road, im­prov­ing safety and re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions,” Moyle said.

“The work we are do­ing in North­land is one of a num­ber of projects un­der way to en­sure we de­liver stronger con­nec­tions for a bet­ter New Zealand.”

The cor­ri­dor for the rail link has been des­ig­nated by the North­land Re­gional Coun­cil.

Geotech­ni­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions have be­gun, above, along a sec­tion of the route of the pro­posed rail link from Oak­leigh to North­port/mars­den Point.

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