First log train runs on Wairoa line

Friday 31 Jan 2020

Regular log trains began running between Wairoa and Napier Port on the east coast of the North Island last Sunday (January 26) following completion of the new log yard in Wairoa. "Moving forwards, now that our logging yard consents are in place, we will usually run two trains a week, on Saturdays and Sundays," KiwiRail Chief Operating Officer Todd Moyle says.

"Each train could take up to 50 long distance truck hauls off the road between Napier and Wairoa, with 66 per cent fewer emissions per tonne of freight carried by rail compared to trucks. Log export forecasts, however, show a wall of wood will be ready for export within 18 months, and the volume of logs harvested will continue to grow over the coming years, so there is plenty of room for the services to grow”.

"Growing this business will assist local businesses to harvest and transport large volumes of logs, help bring profitability to KiwiRail, benefit the East Cape region with less congestion and road wear and tear, and bring added benefits from lower emissions. The Government's allocation of $6.2 million to the project through the Provincial Growth Fund is a recognition of the proven benefits rail brings," says Mr Moyle.

"We welcome the involvement of ISO Ltd at Wairoa as the log marshaller for KiwiRail. That allows logs to be scaled for export off port and that improves efficiency for delivery onto port”.

Forest Management (NZ) Joint Chief Executive Steve Bell says "using rail to shift logs from Wairoa to Napier Port builds resilience into our operation. "It gives us more options, and that is vital as the harvest increases and more logs are harvested. Using the hub at Wairoa means we can turn our trucks round in less than half the time, and that means we can shift more logs quickly and efficiently."

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