More freight can be shifted from road to rail
The government of New Zealand has approved a NZD 94.8 million (EUR 55 million) fund to upgrade the Northland rail. The modernisation of the 181 km rail line between Swanson and Whangarei will help get more freight onto trains.
The planned work will include, inter alia, replacing or upgrading almost a third of the line, maintenance work on 13 tunnels, replacing five aging bridges as well as making safety and efficiency improvements at the Whangarei rail yard.
“This work will make our freight train services faster, more reliable and much less prone to disruption,” said KiwiRail group chief executive Greg Miller. Right now 95% of freight in Northland is moved by road. (ben)