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Quake-hit Canterbury bridge to come down

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/02/2017

The first major demolition project in the programme to restore the rail link between Picton and Christchurch is about to start.

Bridge 90, near Hundalee in North Canterbury, will be taken down and a temporary replacement put up.

The bridge was severely damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake last November.

KiwiRail network services group general manager says a temporary bridge using steel spans kept in reserve for such emergencies will be built on the existing foundations.

He says it will be suitable for all types of trains.

"Using the temporary spans is part of KiwiRail's push to re-open the Main North Line as quickly as possible," he said.

Before the 7.8-magnitude quake, KiwiRail was moving one million tonnes of freight over the line each year.

Mr Moyle said the work on Bridge 90 would also allow trains to travel north with equipment for other large projects.

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