Archive for: KiwiRail

Gisborne-Napier’s Rail Survival: The Hard Facts

Gisborne-Napier’s Rail Survival: The Hard Facts

There are a few new bites about moving freight on the Napier-Gisborne rail line but a Council report reveals the facts and figures of what it will take to make rail...

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Orakei Bridge Replacement Starts

Orakei Bridge Replacement Starts

Preparatory works are getting underway for one of KiwiRail’s big Christmas rail projects – the replacement of the Orakei rail bridge. That bridge over...

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Aratere Freight Sailings Resume

Aratere Freight Sailings Resume

Maritime NZ tonight approved freight-only sailings of the Aratere to resume. So Aratere will resume services tonight. No details have been released of what has been...

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Aratere Tests Continue

Aratere Tests Continue

Tests on the Cook Strait ferry Aratere are continuing. Interislander general manager Thomas Davis says good progress has been made, but any resumption of services...

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KiwiRail’s Coastal Scenic Carriages Start

KiwiRail’s Coastal Scenic Carriages Start

Some good news for Christchurch for a change. KiwiRail’s new scenic carriages have entered service on the Coastal Pacific service between Christchurch and Picton. A...

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Aratere Stopped Until Ruled Safe

Aratere Stopped Until Ruled Safe

Maritime New Zealand says the interisland ferry Aratere can not sail until issues are resolved and they rule it is safe for passengers and crew. This follows recent...

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What’s Wrong With Refurbished Aratere?

What’s Wrong With Refurbished Aratere?

What’s gone wrong with the Cook Strait ferry Aratere? Four return sailings of the Cook Strait ferry Aratere have been cancelled while the cause of “an issue...

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Will KiwiRail Be Privatised Again?

Will KiwiRail Be Privatised Again?

The Rail Workers Union is asking whether KiwiRail’s move to separate its business in two is a foreshadow of future privatisation. After releasing its annual report,...

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KiwiRail Remains Positive

KiwiRail Remains Positive

KiwiRail’s annual report is putting a brave face on its result which misses targets and the company is  also reportedly talking of a $6b writedown on assets. The...

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Capital Connection Needs More Revenue

Capital Connection Needs More Revenue

The Capital Connection is continuing for now – but passengers will have to pay more. And the signs are not good. KiwiRail’s General Manager Passenger Dr Deborah...

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Aratere Returns

Aratere Returns

Interislander’s Cook Strait ferry Aratere made a picturesque sight when she returned home to Wellington today, after a five month extension and refurbishment...

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KiwiRail Making “Substantial progress”

KiwiRail Making “Substantial progress”

KiwiRail’s annual operating surplus, before depreciation and grant income, was just over $100 million, an increase of 28.9% on the previous year. Operating...

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KiwiRail Soon Self-Sufficient

KiwiRail Soon Self-Sufficient

Transport Minister Steven Joyce says that for the first time in 60 years, KiwiRail will soon become financially self-sufficient. He told a Parliamentary Committee...

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Replacement Parts For Matangi

Replacement Parts For Matangi

KiwiRail reports that replacement auxiliary power units are being freighted to Wellington to overcome the fault which led to new Matangi Metro passenger units being...

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KiwiRail Layoffs Go Ahead

KiwiRail Layoffs Go Ahead

KiwiRail today confirmed that after five weeks of consultation, between 40 and 44 employees at Hillside Workshops will be made redundant. Hillside staff were informed...

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Bad Timing

Bad Timing

Talk about cruel. Just hours after Dunedin KiwiRail workers will this afternoon find out the fate of their jobs, the first shipload of rail wagons that is causing...

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Third Track Investigation

Third Track Investigation

KiwiRail is being formally asked to investigate a third track for route protection on the North Island Main Trunk Line between Westfield and Papakura, and on the...

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Capital Connection “Safe”

Capital Connection “Safe”

The saving of the Palmerston North to Wellington Capital Connection KiwiRail service at least for now shows how much it’s worth putting up a fight over provincial...

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“Bullydozer”  Rally Today

“Bullydozer” Rally Today

Wellington’s Kapiti Coast residents are converging on Parliament today in a day of “national significance” against the RonS that will carve through...

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Real State Of Wgtn Rail

Real State Of Wgtn Rail

A Treasury briefing paper reveals the sad state of Wellington’s commuter rail network – despite the arrival of the new Matangi trains. It will take 8...

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More DLs From China

More DLs From China

KiwiRail’s further 20 DL locomotives from CNR Corporation will arrive in the second half of next year. They will be the same as the 20 locomotives that...

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KiwiRail & Union Talks Progress

KiwiRail & Union Talks Progress

The RMTU met with KiwiRail management today to discuss the proposed 40 job losses at Hillside Railway workshops in South Dunedin. KiwiRail agreed today to extend...

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Meeting Backs Hillside

Meeting Backs Hillside

Over 400 people turned out last night to support KiwiRail workers threatened by redundancy in South Dunedin. The meeting, called by the ‘Keep Kiwis Working Campaign’...

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KiwiRail & Union Talks Break Down

KiwiRail & Union Talks Break Down

Talks between the rail workers’ union and KiwiRail over the future of 40 jobs at Hillside workshops in Dunedin have broken down. This after the union suggested...

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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch has sustained further damage and KiwiRail has suspended all train services between Ashburton, Springfield and Waipara in the South...

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