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Auckland’s Wiri link launched
Auckland’s container terminals were said completion of the rail exchange was their containers by up to 25%,” he said.
linked by intermodal train to the new a major step forward for the port com- KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn
Wiri Inland Port (WIP) for the first time pany and for the Auckland region.“This said the Wiri rail link was a natural addi-
early this month. is about bringing the seaport right to the tion to the rail network given its proxim-
Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) has been doorstep of businesses in South Auckland. ity to the North Island main trunk line.
operating the 10 hectare Wiri site as an Exporters and importers will be able to “It is logical to connect more export in-
inland port for six years, using a truck-based drop off and pick up containers without dustries to major ports to take advantage
shuttle service to link it with the Waitemata having to negotiate the Auckland motor- of rail’s natural strength in moving heavy
seaport. The new rail exchange was jointly ways,” he said. goods efficiently,” he said.
funded by POAL and KiwiRail. Carbon emission modelling by POAL In conjunction with NZL Group,
The project included three rail sid- had shown big potential savings for busi- POAL has established CONLINXX, a
ings, 2,000m of rail track and a hardstand. nesses close to WIP. “A lot of our current new subsidiary company, to operate the
The format means two trains can be customers are based within 8 km of the Wiri Inland Port from 1 February.
worked simultaneously with a third track inland port. By using the rail link to the
available for repositioning locomotives. seaport, this group will be able to reduce The first intermodal train left the Wiri Inland
Initially KiwiRail will run four serv- the carbon emissions of transporting Port for Auckland early this month
ices of 23 wagons a week in each direc-
tion between WIP and the Port of Auck-
land. The 5 hectares of land the rail ex-
change is on is owned by KiwiRail, while
POAL owns the adjacent inland port.
POAL managing director Jens Madsen
Experience the
the rails
Rail emerged as the big winner when the
US Department of Transportation an-
Material handling equipment.
nounced the successful projects in its
Transport Investment Generating Eco-
 Maximum efficiency through progressive technology
nomic Recovery (TIGER) scheme.
 Sophisticated machine concept for
Over US$1.5B will be spent on 50
maximum productivity
projects and 11 of these are rail projects
 Quality components manufactured by Liebherr
to “help get freight off America’s high-
ways and onto rail.” They include:
 Ergonomic operator's cab for a consistently
● US$105M towards the Crescent Cor- high level of performance
ridor intermodal project on Norfolk
Southern’s route from the Gulf Coast to
the mid-Atlantic (including new
intermodal terminals in Memphis and
● US$100M towards the CREATE Pro-
gram of 78 projects to address freight rail
congestion in the Chicago area.
● US$98M to the National Gateway
Freight Rail Corridor project to increase
capacity and provide double stack serv-
ice along three CSX corridors through
the Midwest and Atlantic coast.
In Mississippi the state port authority
has received US$20M towards upgrad-
ing 76.5 miles of track to accommodate
double-stack trains on the existing KCS
rail line. In California US$33.8M will go
towards eliminating the at-grade crossing
of the UP and BNSF railways at Colton
in San Bernadine, a major choke point
for trains moving in and out of the San
Pedro Ports.
RFE highway
to link ports
Russia’s Transport Ministry and Far East
regional authorities recently authorised
construction of a >40 km long highway
to provide the shortest possible transport
link between the largest RFE ports of
Vladivostok, Nakhodka and Vostochny.
Work on the first 18km section was
initiated by Moscow-based EngTrans-
Stroy last month and the project is due
for completion early next year.
This is very difficult terrain and the
highway will feature a number of el-
evated stretches to avoid the steep climbs
and tight bends of the existing, outmoded
roadway, and it will also be constructed
in cement concrete instead of the asphalt
used in the existing surface.
Project cost is estimated at US$30M,
with the Russian federal government
reportedly prepared to cover half the re-
quired funds.
Although relatively short, the new
highway forms part of the future Harbin-
Nakhodka international transport corri-
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in the region.
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