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  • Lancaster, Barrow & Carlisle Section Meeting - The Kaikoura Job: Rebuilding KiwiRail's Main North Line in New Zealand
  • Phil Benzie
  • The Kaikoura Job: Rebuilding KiwiRail's Main North Line in New Zealand (Phil Kirkland, Head of Maintenance Delivery, Nexus and PWI Vice President North England)


    ln November 2016 a severe earthquake centred on the town of Kaikoura caused substantial destruction to rail and road links in the north of South lsland, New Zealand. This included substantial damage to 150km of the coastal alignment of the North Main Line between Christchurch and Picton, which is operated by KiwiRail. Phil Kirkland, who witnessed the aftermath of the destruction at first hand, gives an account of the reconstruction programme which was necessary in order to repair 20 tunnels and 60 bridges, accompanied by the rebuilding of more than twelve kilometres of permanent way along the route and the realignment of a further five kilometres. He explains how this was achieved through the collaboration of KiwiRail and the New Zealand Transport Agency to establish an lnfrastructure Recovery Alliance, which was also tasked with the reconstruction of State Highway 1 in the region.
    Phil will also give a more general update on current developments on the New Zealand railway network.

    Meeting from 17:30 for a 18:00 start

  • 08/10/2019 17:30
  • 08/10/2019 19:30
  • Royal Station Hotel, Market Street, Carnforth LA5 9BT
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