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KiwiRail Claims 5500 Truck Trips off the Road and onto Rail
Posted on 05-Jun-2018

The first train to travel on the Napier to Wairoa line in six years is the start of a plan aimed at eliminating 5,500 truck road journeys each year, says KiwiRail. However, some remain suspicious of this figure. The first train to take freight on the reopened track to Eskdale started its trip with a Ratana brass band and official blessing in a ceremony at KiwiRail's Ahuriri depot yesterday morning. The train was freighting a load of crushed rock to be used as ballast in the development of the track to Wairoa. Forestry Minister, Shane Jones, was ecstatic about the development: .. ...

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Fuel Tax Passes Vote
Posted on 05-Jun-2018

Auckland councillors have voted to bring in an 11.5 cent-per-litre regional fuel tax to fund the government’s contentious transport plan for Auckland City. Following a heated debate, Councillors voted 13 to 7 in favour of the tax. Today's debate on the proposed tax began with Mayor Phil Goff saying the consequences would be "inconceivable" if it was not introduced. He said the government would likely walk away from an agreed programme of transport works if the tax was rejected. However, many industry experts such as Road Transport Forum CEO Ken Shirley continue to disagree.. ...

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Government to investigate Northland Rail
Posted on 05-Jun-2018

The potential for upgrading and expanding rail north of Auckland will be investigated, as part of a package targeting Northland’s growth, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones have announced. The business case will be investigated for both passenger and freight tasks according to a statement released by the New Zealand Government. Along with general freight and passenger services Twyford reckons “It will also investigate whether the upgrade could include a new spur line to Marsden Point to support Northport’s growth,” .. ...

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New Management at Isuzu
Posted on 05-Jun-2018

Marc Ebolo has been announced as the new managing director of Isuzu Trucks and Holden New Zealand. Ebolo will replace Kristian Aquilina, who has been asked to vacate his role at short notice after being appointed as Holden/Isuzu’s Australasian marketing director in April. Ebolo intends to focus on the New Zealand market saying in a statement, “ As a business and as a brand, we have the opportunity to grow in New Zealand. “New Zealand operations have experienced great success in the past few years and Marc’s appointment will continue to build momentum…. in New Zealand,” .. ...

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Progress on Roads, but Major Problems Remain in Gisborne
Posted on 05-Jun-2018

Contractors have pushed through the major slip on Arakihi Road, inland of Tolaga Bay to find another slip on West Ho Road. Arakihi, West Ho, Kiore and Rangikohua roads remain closed. Tairawhiti Roads journey manager Helen Harris said this afternoon that the remaining roads are closed due to slips, debris, road scours, silt and sludge, a collapsed retaining wall, culverts jammed with debris, and bridges that still need assessing. Engineers are progressively assessing these bridges. Tairaiwhiti Civil Defence Emergency manager Louise Bennett reckons that “while road closures mi.. ...

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