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KiwiRail teams up for new freight service

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Due to damage to freight infrastructure, KiwiRail has launched a new service, teaming up with Auckland and Christchurch ports and ANL shipping.</span> © Getty Images Due to damage to freight infrastructure, KiwiRail has launched a new service, teaming up with Auckland and Christchurch ports and ANL shipping. KiwiRail has launched a new Auckland to Christchurch freight service in the wake of the earthquakes on November 14.

Ports of Auckland, Lyttelton Port of Christchurch and ANL Shipping have combined services with KiwiRail to form NZ Connect.

The new service will shift cargo from Auckland's Wiri Inland Port and KiwiRail's Southdown Freight Hub to Lyttelton's Midland Port or KiwiRail's Christchurch terminal.

"The disruption to New Zealand's key supply route between Auckland and Christchurch will continue for many months as the rail and road links are rebuilt, so coming up with an alternative way of shifting freight for our customers was important," KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy said.

There are also plans to expand the freight to include return from the South Island to the North Island.

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