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Monday, March 7, 2011

KiwiRail Christchurch freight services resume

KiwiRail Christchurch freight services resume

Last updated 10:46 08/03/2011
KiwiRail freight services in Christchurch resumed normal service today following last month's devastating quake, though the company is asking those concerned by the noise and vibrations to contact its call centre.

Chief executive Jim Quinn said all KiwiRail services were running normally to ensure supplies reached the city.

"It's vital for the local economy that we are running to normal capacity as quickly as possible. Businesses need to get trading again to both survive and keep their employees working," he said.

Quinn said that the company was aware that the noise and vibration of the trains may concern residents along the line they were quite similar to that of an aftershock.

Anyone with specific concerns should report those to the company.

Quinn said there was limited room for speed restrictions on the route because of demand for services and the need to keep services running to schedule.

"We have shifted a huge amount of water, relief supplies, and emergency personnel to Christchurch from both the south and the north, with record amounts of freight carried on Interislander Cook Strait ferries and sharp increases in domestic rail freight."


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