New Zealand: Napier-Wairoa line ready to run
KiwiRail has completed the restoration of the 115 km Napier to Wairoa rail line, which was mothballed in December 2012 following severe storm damage.
The next focus of New Zealand’s rail operator is to establish a log-hub in Wairoa so that it will be ready to begin running trains once harvesting gets back into full swing at the end of winter.
The amount of timber flowing from forests in the region is expected to quadruple in the next four years. When the harvest season is at its peak, KiwiRail plans to run up to six trains a week. That means more than 5,000 fewer truck journeys from Wairoa to Napier a year initially, rising to more than 15,000 as the services increase. (ben)