High seas threaten rail line near Timaru

Published on 6/08/2022 at 1:55 pm.

High seas are threatening part of the main rail line south of Timaru, where remedial works have already cost more than $1million. Over the last six weeks, high seas along the coastline between Patiti Pt and Jacks Pt have breached the rock wall between the sea and the railway line.

During bad weather affecting the South Island during July 2022, the sea washed out a section of planting carried out in May. Work has been carried out to raise the height of the rock barrier, but last week further high seas deposited debris on top of the rocks and flowed towards the railway line.

KiwiRail general manager operations for the South Island Mark Heissenbuttel said the organisation was concerned about that section of line and was monitoring it closely because of the risk.

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