Se­cond train to­day

Hawke's Bay Today - - LOCAL NEWS -

A se­cond work train is ex­pected on the NapierWairoa line to­day.

The train will head out of Napier and make its way to Eskdale at some point dur­ing the day.

After a six year de­lay, the first work train car­ry­ing bal­last re­turned to the line last Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing an of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony in Ahuriri at­tended by Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Shane Jones.

Ear­lier this year, the Provin­cial Growth Fund (PGF) com­mit­ted $5 mil­lion to Ki­wiRail to reopen the line for log­ging trains which would help take more than 5000 trucks off the road each year.

Two to three trains a week are ex­pected to be run­ning on the line within 12 months.

Be­cause it has not been in use for six years Ki­wiRail has been re­mind­ing peo­ple to take care around the line.

The line was moth­balled in 2012 after a sec­tion of track at the Beach Loop area was badly dam­aged in a storm ear­lier that year.

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