Newspaper Article 2002 – Rail link opening delayed

Rail link reopening delayed

Flood repairs to the Napier-Gisborne rail line are taking longer than initially thought and the line is not now expected to reopen until next week.

The line has been closed for a week by slips and washouts between Wairoa and Gisborne after torrential rain. There are two 25-to-30-metre-long washouts at Kopuawhara, about 20km north of Wairoa.

A Tranz Rail spokesman said repairs were taking longer than hoped because work trains were unavailable. The track was unlikely to reopen until next week. Goods booked on weekend freight services will be moved part of the way by road.

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15 August 2002


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