Limited speed zone for main trunk line
Part of the railway tracks on South Canterbury's main trunk line is under threat from erosion, forcing KiwiRail to impose temporary speed restrictions.
Recent rain in South Canterbury caused major surface flooding, with Timaru recording more than 320mm in the space of two weeks.
Sections of the main trunk line near Patiti Point have been particularly badly affected. The section of track is now just 3.6 metres away from falling into the sea.
A KiwiRail spokesman said its engineering team was carrying out regular inspections of the area.
"The track is stable and safe through the area but as a precaution we have put a temporary speed restriction in place for our trains for the time being," they said.
Meanwhile, investigations into two separate derailments - one near Hinds, and the other near the Strathallan St overbridge - were ongoing, with little indication as to when the findings would be released.
On June 15, four wagons went partially or totally off the tracks, including one which fell on its side just metres from a car park, after a surprise derailment near the Strathallan St overbridge.
On June 23, an engine, which was not pulling wagons, went off the tracks in Hinds, south of Ashburton.
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