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OCT 13 2017
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Severe Slips - SI Main North Line

Please see the below Kiwirail update regarding the temporary closure to the main rail line between Blenheim and Christchurch . Currently, 31 slips have been detected.

As a result of the line closure, we will continue to utilize regular coastal shipping services and revert back to sending freight via the Spring Creek operation until October 30.th.

Please be aware that this may result in further freight delay into the South Island and if you have any urgent consignments, please get in contact with the freight forwarder team.   

We will again provide further notification of any changes or updates.

 After weeks of severe weather events on the Main North Line (MNL) between Blenheim and Christchurch, including double the average volume of rain in September and 180% of full monthly rainfall in just the first 10 days of October, crews are now dealing with 31 slips across the road and rail network, three of which are major, as you can see in the photos below.

These slips have damaged rock-fall  fences and our slip detection monitors making it unsafe in places for the repair work to begin this week. It is for this reason that we have taken the difficult decision to close the line again for the next two weeks to remove debris, repair the line and to add additional resilience into the MNL before the peak season begins in earnest.

The line will now be closed until Monday October 30 to allow for the most reliable and resilient service for customers once it is reopened.

These unforeseen rainfall events have devastated our teams who worked so hard to get the MNL running again at night while the rebuild continued during the day. We offer our sincere apologies to our customers and an assurance that we will do everything in our power to get your freight moving again as soon as possible.
Due to the change in circumstances, we are now in the process of reviewing our hours of operation at our Blenheim freight hub, including Labour Day and Marlborough Anniversary and we will update you further on these later in the week. We will continue to provide updates as the repair work continues and thank you again for your patience and support in this challenging period.  

Please see the below Kiwirail update regarding the temporary closure to the main rail line between Blenheim and Christchurch . Currently, 31 slips have been detected.

As a result of the line closure, we will continue to utilize regular coastal shipping services and revert back to sending freight via the Spring Creek operation until October 30.th.

Please be aware that this may result in further freight delay into the South Island and if you have any urgent consignments, please get in contact with the freight forwarder team.   

We will again provide further notification of any changes or updates.

 After weeks of severe weather events on the Main North Line (MNL) between Blenheim and Christchurch, including double the average volume of rain in September and 180% of full monthly rainfall in just the first 10 days of October, crews are now dealing with 31 slips across the road and rail network, three of which are major, as you can see in the photos below.

These slips have damaged rock-fall  fences and our slip detection monitors making it unsafe in places for the repair work to begin this week. It is for this reason that we have taken the difficult decision to close the line again for the next two weeks to remove debris, repair the line and to add additional resilience into the MNL before the peak season begins in earnest.

The line will now be closed until Monday October 30 to allow for the most reliable and resilient service for customers once it is reopened.

These unforeseen rainfall events have devastated our teams who worked so hard to get the MNL running again at night while the rebuild continued during the day. We offer our sincere apologies to our customers and an assurance that we will do everything in our power to get your freight moving again as soon as possible.
Due to the change in circumstances, we are now in the process of reviewing our hours of operation at our Blenheim freight hub, including Labour Day and Marlborough Anniversary and we will update you further on these later in the week. We will continue to provide updates as the repair work continues and thank you again for your patience and support in this challenging period.  

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