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OCT 12 2017
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Transport Delays in SI - Chemcouriers Update

Please see the below communication from Kiwirail regarding the cancellation of rail services south of Blenheim this week.

"The predicted volatile storm system crossed the Tasman Sea causing very heavy rainfall on the Kaikoura coast which is continuing today. More than 100mm of rain has fallen in the area causing slip material to come down across both road and rail operations in the area.

There is further rain predicted in the coming two days and this makes it unsafe for crews to begin the clearance work required. This is a blow for our customers, and for our crews, who have worked so hard to get your freight running again on the line. We will be working as quickly as possible to restore the line to service. On the basis of the forecast, the decision has been made to suspend rail operations on the Main North Line this week to allow crews to clear debris. As noted on Friday, we will continue to operate services to and from Blenheim all week to ensure a reliable service for your customers.

We will provide further updates throughout the week to confirm when we expect to reinstate normal services in the days ahead. I would like to again acknowledge your understanding of these natural events and your continued support for KiwiRail’s efforts to get freight flowing again."

Unfortunately, this will have a significant effect on the arrival time of freight into South Island destinations and transit time consistency as we look to utilize both road/coastal options.  

We will provide further updates from Kiwirail as they come to hand and as always attempt to alleviate disruption where possible.

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Please see the below communication from Kiwirail regarding the cancellation of rail services south of Blenheim this week.

"The predicted volatile storm system crossed the Tasman Sea causing very heavy rainfall on the Kaikoura coast which is continuing today. More than 100mm of rain has fallen in the area causing slip material to come down across both road and rail operations in the area.

There is further rain predicted in the coming two days and this makes it unsafe for crews to begin the clearance work required. This is a blow for our customers, and for our crews, who have worked so hard to get your freight running again on the line. We will be working as quickly as possible to restore the line to service. On the basis of the forecast, the decision has been made to suspend rail operations on the Main North Line this week to allow crews to clear debris. As noted on Friday, we will continue to operate services to and from Blenheim all week to ensure a reliable service for your customers.

We will provide further updates throughout the week to confirm when we expect to reinstate normal services in the days ahead. I would like to again acknowledge your understanding of these natural events and your continued support for KiwiRail’s efforts to get freight flowing again."

Unfortunately, this will have a significant effect on the arrival time of freight into South Island destinations and transit time consistency as we look to utilize both road/coastal options.  

We will provide further updates from Kiwirail as they come to hand and as always attempt to alleviate disruption where possible.

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