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Main North Line Rebuild

The North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR) is an alliance representing the NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail on behalf of government, to repair the road and rail networks between Picton and Christchurch following last November’s 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake.  

RAIL CONNECTED between Picton and Christchurch

Tuesday 8 August 2017 will go down in New Zealand history as the day the Main North Line between Picton and Christchurch was reconnected, nine months after the Kaikoura earthquake. 

Work trains are operating between Blenheim and Christchurch so please take care around the rail corridor. 

Achieving this milestone means freight services are now expected to begin operating within a month after all the commissioning process is complete. The initial freight opening will be a restricted one, with low-speed, low-frequency services. 

There is still a lot of work to do to return the line to its pre-quake state and freight services will initially run only at night so that work on the rail and road networks can continue during the day.


People may have become complacent while there has been a lack of rail traffic on the line. 

With work trains now operating between on the Main North Line please remember to stay off railway tracks, and cross only at level crossings. 

Obey the signs and signals and always look both ways for trains. They are deceptively quiet and they can’t stop in a hurry or swerve to avoid anything on the tracks.   

  • Stay off railway tracks
  • Always slow down as you’re approaching a level crossing, and be prepared to stop 
  • Look out for trains, and obey signs and signals
  • Only cross the railway at approved railway level crossing points.

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