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Freight trains running 24/7

Wednesday, October 10, 2018   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: transport, safety

Waimakariri District Council media release: 9th October 2018

Freight trains will be operating day and night on the Main North Line between Picton and Christchurch from early October. This is in addition to work trains and other high-rail vehicles that use the line to help with the Kaikōura earthquake recovery.

You may have become complacent around the tracks and level crossings since the earthquake in November 2016 but please take extra care to ensure you and your family stay safe.

Trains can come at any time, from either direction.

  • Slow down as you’re approaching a level crossing and be prepared to stop.
  • Obey the warning signs and look carefully in both directions for trains.
  • Listen, be aware, and pay careful attention to your surroundings
  • Always ensure there is space on the other side of the crossing for your vehicle

The Coastal Pacific passenger service will also resume from December 2018 - with daily trains running throughout the summer season.

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