October 5th, 2011
Freight volumes in and out of Taranaki are rising. KiwiRail says port call changes by shipping lines has meant KiwiRail has picked up new business moving finished product from Fonterra’s Otorua cool stores.
At present this is about 14 containers a day heading to Napier, Tauranga or Auckland. On top of this there is an increase in episodic deliveries of import volumes into the area.
Other new business moving tanks for Nova Gas is also working well. The sidings opened just a couple of weeks ago.
When the business was first mooted KiwiRail was told to expect around 20,000 tonnes a year but there are indications the actual business will exceed this.
Meanwhile, the upswing in volumes through New Plymouth has prompted a review of the region’s container handling facilities and equipment.
is also underway on reinstating the Manutahi crossing loop, between Whareroa and Patea. At present it takes a service 40 minutes to do the run, so an additional loop will do a lot to help keep trains to schedule.
NZ Transport Intelligence says: This is good news for KiwiRail and the Govt and shows rail is still relevant in provincial regions provided sources of freight and destinations are linked to rail lines.
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