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KiwiRail increases Hawkes Bay log train services to daily

Growing demand to get Hawkes Bay logs to port will see KiwiRail increase the frequency of its log trains, so they run every weekday. The Government invested NZ$6.2 million to re-open the weather-damaged Napier to Wairoa rail line, with log trains running on weekends since late 2019. The trains run from a log hub in Wairoa to the Port of Napier. Source: Timberbiz

This week KiwiRail has begun running log services every weekday (Monday – Friday).

“Our log trains have become a vital link in the region’s forestry supply chain, helping reduce the number of heavy log trucks on regional roads that were never designed for them,” KiwiRail Chief Operating Officer Todd Moyle said.

“Harvest volumes in the Hawke’s Bay region are predicted to exceed four million tonnes per annum over the next five years, so there is a clear demand for rail.

“With harvests now beginning in more forests around Wairoa, our log trains are really coming into their own.

“Each weekday service will consist of around 23 wagons. Over the course of a year, that’s removing the need for more than 10,000 truck movements – reducing congestion, road maintenance costs and improving road safety between Wairoa and Napier.

“Given trains have 70% fewer carbon emissions per tonne carried compared with road, we are also doing more to reduce transport emissions.”

Mr Moyle said more services meant motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and farmers needed to be more cautious around the rail line between Wairoa and Napier’s port.

KiwiRail will be running an advertising campaign in the Napier-Wairoa area to raise train safety awareness. Trains are scheduled to travel from Napier to Wairoa every weekday morning, returning to Napier around midday, but timetables can change without notice.