KiwiRail admits lack of maintenance led to wash-out
KiwiRail admits lack of maintenance led to
KiwiRail has admitted that its failure to
maintain old and damaged culverts was behind the wash out
that closed the Gisborne-Napier line, while cuts to its
maintenance budget are putting the network at further risk,
Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford
“Across the country KiwiRail missed its target of
replacing 71 old culverts last year, and only replaced 49.
This is cause for alarm.
“The Gisborne-Napier wash-out
shows what happens when essential maintenance work is not
“KiwiRail cut and deferred $200 million of
network maintenance last year. At the very time it needs to
be upgrading its network and improving efficiency, the
Government’s unrealistic ‘Turn Around Plan’ is putting
enormous stress on the organisation and forcing it to cut
“KiwiRail has told Parliament’s transport
committee it has 12,197 rail line culverts around the
country and has done a risk assessment identifying 53 high
priority culverts but ‘…in spite of every effort to
mitigate risk, some incidents of wash out may still
“National’s plan for rail is not workable.
KiwiRail has missed its financial targets for two of the
last three years. It is being forced to make cuts that are
a false economy.
“At a time when the Government is
wasting billions of dollars on its ‘motorways of
madness’, it makes no sense to cripple the national rail
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