8 Apr 2014

Trains running again after asbestos find

6:46 pm on 8 April 2014

The first of the KiwiRail locomotives taken off the rails following the discovery of asbestos began operating again on Tuesday.

KiwiRail train.

Photo: PHOTO NZ

Forty new Chinese-built locomotives were removed from service on 28 February after it was confirmed asbestos containing materials were used in their manufacture.

KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy says the reduced train service affected supply chains for businesses but will now start to return to normal.

Services in Northland, where no trains have been running, are expected to return by the middle of April, he said.