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.
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
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.
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".