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Trains to run on Castlecliff line again

Thursday, May 05, 2011

KiwiRail freight services resume along part of the Castlecliff branch line in Wanganui this week.

KiwiRail Network general manager Rick van Barneveld said the rail track, which runs alongside Taupo Quay and Heads Road from Cobham Bridge to the Open Country Dairy site in Castlecliff, will be operational for freight trains to run from May 5.

“We’re delighted to provide a new service for a freight customer.”

He said KiwiRail has worked closely with the Wanganui District Council to ensure that the resumption of trains on the line worked well, including ensuring visibility along the tracks. Mr van Barneveld said rail safety was extremely important to KiwiRail.

“Trains will be running regularly along this line now, and it is vital that people treat the crossings with care. Trains are heavy and run on rails - they cannot stop quickly or swerve to avoid collisions.

People need to take care, observe the road rules so that they come to a stop at crossings, and make sure there are no trains before they start to cross the tracks.”

Initial plans are to run four trains daily on weekdays, with additional services as demand requires.

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