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KiwiRail issues warning over track work

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/01/2017

People are being warned to stay off railway tracks as work on the Christchurch to Picton line resumes.

KiwiRail says its working with police, as more people are putting themselves at risk while the Main North Line rebuild gains momentum.

"Because the line hasn't been operating people have become complacent, and we are having some real problems with people accessing the railway line," KiwiRail's South Island network services manager Jeanine Benson said.

"Activity on the line is increasing as our rebuild efforts gear up, and there will be vehicles and the possibility of work trains using it in the near future."

People have also been seen walking across bridges.

"Not only is this not safe, it is also illegal is go into the rail corridor without permission," Ms Benson says.

People using level crossings on the line also need to be vigilant, TrackSAFE Foundation Manager, Megan Drayton said.

"People need to remember to always look out for trains... Trains are deceptively quiet and they can't stop in a hurry or swerve to avoid anything on the tracks."

Track work south of Lake Grassmere is continuing and is also underway between Hundalee and the Waiau River this week.

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