KiwiRail has accepted responsibility for an accident in which
a young woman in a wheelchair was hit by a train at a level
crossing in Auckland.
KiwiRail's decision to suspend its Coastal Pacific service
between Christchurch and Picton over winter has been
described by the rail union as "shortsighted and misguided".
Kiwirail says it has re-employed 17 staff made redundant from
Hillside, of whom 11 remain working for the state-owned
enterprise in Dunedin.
KiwiRail is defending its decision to close the Gisborne to
Napier line as "robust" following an independent review that
found the line could still be viable.
The derailment of two wagons on the main south rail line near
Waitati on Friday night delayed two trains before damage to
the tracks was repaired on Saturday morning, a KiwiRail
A Dunedin man who started his career at Hillside claims there
is something fishy about KiwiRail's tendering of 300 wagons
to a Chinese company and has launched his own investigation
into the deal.
Kiwirail takes full responsibility for its partial closure of
Hillside Engineering Workshops and the redundancy of 90
workers, board of directors chairman John Spencer says.
Nearly 90 workers face redundancy, with the news only part of
Kiwirail's Hillside Workshop in Dunedin has been sold.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has demanded an explanation from
KiwiRail after two rail problems in little more than 12 hours
caused commuter chaos.
Kiwirail is expected to announce a sale decision concerning
its Hillside Engineering Workshops next week.
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