Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Reopening of State Highway One a ‘remarkable effort’

Reopening of State Highway One a ‘remarkable effort’

Today’s reopening of State Highway One north of Kaikoura is a significant milestone for New Zealand’s transport network and the result of a remarkable effort involving road, rail and 1700 workers, KiwiRail’s Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.

“This has been an enormous undertaking and something all of New Zealand will celebrate today. The team at NCTIR has truly lived up to their vision of ‘moving mountains to reconnect communities’, and are to be congratulated for this.

“Today’s reopening will be welcomed in particular by those local communities and businesses along the route that were so heavily impacted by the earthquake.

“More widely, however, this also signals an important further step towards restoring the key freight transport links between Auckland and Christchurch that were severed by the earthquake.

“While the job is not yet finished for either rail or road, I know that businesses around the country will welcome having both these critical links reopened.

“This project has demonstrated the importance of integrated transport networks, and I am proud of the work we have been able to do to minimise the impact of the earthquake on transport networks during the road rebuild.

“Since reopening, even with the restricted level of services we have been running, we have moved more than 67,000 tonnes of freight. This has meant at least 4,500 fewer truck journeys on the alternate route, and has reduced costs for businesses.

“In addition, we have been supporting the road rebuild by moving construction materials by rail, taking further trucks off those busy roads.

“Our teams are continuing to work on restoring the line and during 2018 we can expect progressive improvement in the reliability of our services for our customers.”



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

National Terrorism Threat Level Moves To Medium
Medium is defined as a terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur. The new level remains higher than it was before the 15 March terrorist attack when the threat level was low. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

City Rail Link: Billion Dollar Cost Rise (And Preferred Bidder)

The revised cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project now totals $4.419 billion. The revised cost has yet to be endorsed by the project’s sponsors (the Crown and Auckland Council). More>>

ALSO:

Meth Scare: Debt Write-Off For HNZ Meth Testing Evictions

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More>>

ALSO:

RNZ Report: Fears Grow For NZ Nurse Kidnapped In Syria

A New Zealand nurse working for the Red Cross was captured by Islamic State (IS) in Syria more than five years ago, and there are now public pleas for any information that could help bring her home. More>>

ALSO:

Streets Blocked In London: Climate 'Extinction Rebellion' Reaches Aotearoa

Across the world, thousands of people are taking part in a rebellion to avert climate, ecological and human catastrophe. This begins in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels