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"Bands On Board" Returns To Interislander This Summer

Friday, 16 October 2020, 4:58 pm | KiwiRail

Passengers on Interislander's Kaitaki sailings this summer can look forward to the return of the popular "Bands on Board" programme, supporting New Zealand music. Bands on Board offers touring performing artists the opportunity to cross ... More >>

Auckland Train Passengers In For A Smoother Ride

Friday, 16 October 2020, 10:38 am | KiwiRail

KiwiRail's project to repair and replace tracks around the Auckland Metro network is ramping up with the arrival of a grinder machine to re-surface worn rails. Grinders are commonly used to maintain tracks by smoothing out the railhead surface and correcting ... More >>

Premium Service Launched On South Island Trains

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 4:24 pm | KiwiRail

Passengers travelling on the TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific in the South Island are being offered a new way to experience train travel as The Great Journeys of New Zealand, owned and operated by KiwiRail, rolls out an enhanced onboard service. "Scenic ... More >>

Updated Statement - Palmerston North Level Crossing Collision

Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 1:43 pm | KiwiRail

From KiwiRail Group Chief Executive, Greg Miller: “Following this morning’s level crossing collision between a bus and a freight train, KiwiRail is deeply saddened to learn of the death of the bus driver. I send my thoughts, and those of all our ... More >>

Statement - Palmerston North Level Crossing Collision

Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 10:10 am | KiwiRail

KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller: "I was shocked and saddened to learn of this morning's collision, shortly after 8am, between a bus and a locomotive at Clevely Line about 2km south of Bunnythorpe. "KiwiRail staff are on site, ... More >>

KiwiRail Supports Prisoner Reintegration With Railway Jobs

Monday, 7 September 2020, 6:28 pm | KiwiRail

A Northland programme to help prisoners rejoin society by building their skills and confidence through rail work is an exciting new initiative which will benefit the community, KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says Regional Economic ... More >>

Eastern Line Train Service Suspension Extended

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 3:35 pm | KiwiRail

Trains will not run on the Eastern Line, between Quay Park (Parnell) and Westfield for an additional two weeks as KiwiRail's urgent upgrade of the Auckland metro railway network steps up. The Eastern Line was due to re-open on Monday after a two-week ... More >>

Eastern Line Closure To Accelerate Track Repair Works

Thursday, 20 August 2020, 12:08 pm | KiwiRail

The Eastern Line between Quay Park (Parnell) and Westfield will be closed for two weeks from Monday August 24 to enable KiwiRail to continue its urgent work to repair and replace worn track across the Auckland metro network. "We recognise this ... More >>

KiwiRail Continues To Provide Essential Services

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 12:57 pm | KiwiRail

KiwiRail has moved quickly to respond to the return to a Level 3 lockdown in Auckland, and Level 2 in the rest of New Zealand, making a number of changes to continue delivering essential services for New Zealand. "We were prepared for this possibility," ... More >>

Time To End Near-miss Circles Of Trauma

Monday, 10 August 2020, 7:59 am | KiwiRail

Every day on average, somewhere in New Zealand there is a near-miss on a railway line. KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says while people might walk or drive away after a near miss, these split-second decisions can cause long-term effects ... More >>

KiwiRail’s Tourism Trains Back On Track For Summer

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 5:26 pm | KiwiRail

All KiwiRail’s long distance scenic services will be back this summer, giving New Zealanders the opportunity to see their spectacular country from the comfort of a train. “When New Zealand went into its Level 4 Covid lockdown at the end of ... More >>

Investment Strengthens KiwiRail’s South Island Operations

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 7:02 am | KiwiRail

The $39 million investment in a rail maintenance facility in Waltham will see it become the key to KiwiRail’s future operations in the South Island, KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says. “This funding announced by the Government today ... More >>

KiwiRail Welcomes Funding For Improvements On West Coast

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 11:39 am | KiwiRail

KiwiRail welcomes today's announcement that the Government is providing $13 million for geotechnical work that will make rail and road transport more reliable in and out of Greymouth. In October last year a slip at Omoto, near Greymouth, stopped TranzAlpine ... More >>

TranzAlpine To Resume Next Month

Monday, 22 June 2020, 11:25 am | KiwiRail

KiwiRail is delighted to announce the return of its acclaimed TranzAlpine train service between Christchurch and Greymouth. "I'm excited to be able to say that this award-winning train, which last ran on March 22 before the lockdown, will be ... More >>

Rail Supporting Hawke's Bay Drought Relief

Monday, 15 June 2020, 5:35 pm | KiwiRail

KiwiRail is helping the drought relief effort by shifting stock feed for free from the South Island to parched farms in Hawke’s Bay. “On top of the Covid-19 crisis, the prolonged drought in parts of the North Island has put some farmers and stock ... More >>

Northland Rail Work Begins

Monday, 1 June 2020, 9:56 am | KiwiRail

The start of major work replacing bridges, improving tunnels and upgrading the rail line to Whangarei will result in more reliable train services and enable more freight to be carried by rail, KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says. As part of ... More >>

Busy Work Programme Begins For Auckland Rail

Friday, 22 May 2020, 4:40 pm | KiwiRail

KiwiRail teams will be working hard over nights and at weekends throughout winter to build a better rail network for Auckland. Work will begin this weekend to replace almost 12 kilometres of old rail and more than 2500 sleepers on the busy Eastern ... More >>

Wellington Metro Upgrade Works Resume

Friday, 15 May 2020, 2:27 pm | KiwiRail

Upgrade work has resumed on building a better rail network for the Wellington region and this weekend buses will be replacing trains across the network. Visit to find out about any changes to passenger services in your area. After more than ... More >>

$1.2 Billion Investment Another Major Step In Rebuilding Rail For New Zealand

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 2:53 pm | KiwiRail

The Government’s $1.2 billion rail investment in Budget 2020 will help KiwiRail attract more customers and get more freight on rail, KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says. Building on the Government’s $1 billion investment in Budget ... More >>

KiwiRail Pioneer New Ways Of Working To Protect Against COVID-19

Thursday, 23 April 2020, 5:35 pm | KiwiRail

KiwiRail has adopted new ways of working in order to protect its people and communities from COVID-19. As an essential business, KiwiRail is continuing to move much-needed freight around the country and across Cook Strait. Its rail network is also supporting ... More >>