KiwiRail freight services resume after quake

KiwiRail freight services in Christchurch resumed normal service today following last month's devastating quake, though the company is asking those concerned by the noise and vibrations to contact its call centre.

Kiwi wagons campaign

A meeting to organise a campaign to ensure New Zealand rail stock is built in New Zealand has demanded the cancellation of a contract that dealt a major blow to Dunedin's Hillside Workshops.

Spokesman for the newly formed Kiwi Wagons for KiwiRail campaign, Victor Billot, said the goal was the cancellation of a contract given to China CNR Corporation to build the first 300 of 3000 container flatdeck wagons to replace KiwiRail's ageing fleet.

The state-owned company awarded the estimated $29 million contract to the Chinese company last year, prompting criticism and disappointment among supporters and employees at the Dunedin workshop.

Dispute over rare bridge reignited

A fresh wrangle has broken out over ownership of a dilapidated pedestrian footbridge in Ravensbourne, amid fears the old structure could once again be facing demolition.

Fatal railway crossing high on KiwiRail's priority list

An uncontrolled Taranaki rail crossing where a woman died yesterday was high on Kiwi Rail's priority list for installing flashing lights - something locals have been calling for over the past 20 years.

Union might not unload rail wagons

Union might not unload rail wagons

Railway wagons built in China and bound for New Zealand's railway network may end up gathering dust at a New Zealand port if the Maritime Union carries out its threat not to unload the ships on which they arrive.

Govt defends Hillside decision

Govt defends Hillside decision

The Government has already committed $750 million to help KiwiRail and it would be hard to argue it should follow that up with a subsidy to build its wagons, Transport Minister Steven Joyce says.

Hillside doubt Chinese ability

Hillside Engineering workers do not believe the Chinese company contracted to build KiwiRail's new wagons will get the job done on time, Rail and Maritime Transport Union national president Jim Kelly says.

Unions back Hillside

Unions back Hillside

Engineering businesses warn any hit to KiwiRail's Hillside Engineering workshops will hurt Otago's economy as unions vow to stand alongside workers worried about their future.

Social networks could play part

Social networks Twitter and Facebook could play a part in pushing the case for the Hillside Engineering Group Dunedin workshops to build flat-deck wagons for its owner KiwiRail.



The decision by KiwiRail to award the tender contract for 300 container flat-deck wagons to the China CNR Corporation against its own Dunedin Hillside Engineering workshops is a savage blow to the city and the province and leaves the Government vulnerable to accusations of "short-termism".

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