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1000th new wagon marks significant milestone for KiwiRail
KiwiRail's goal of becoming a fully intermodal rail operator is significantly closer following the delivery of its 1000th new container flat top wagon, KiwiRail's Group General Manager Operations Iain Hill says.
The company is marking the occasion by showcasing the new container flat top wagons and a selection of prototype wagons at an event in Auckland today attended by key customers and the manufacturer, China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.
"This milestone marks significant progress in providing a modern logistics solution - we can now meet customer needs better than we ever could before because around a quarter of our wagon fleet is now intermodal - meaning one container can easily be moved between ships, trains and trucks," Mr Hill says.
Updating and standardising the nation's rail wagon fleet is part of a wider business strategy which also saw the delivery of 48 new locomotives to support reliable and sustainable rail transport in New Zealand.
"Through modernisation, we're creating an opportunity to grow our market share by making it easier for customers to carry freight on rail," Mr Hill says.
"Logistics operations are large and interconnected and rail works best when it goes hand in hand with other transport and across various industries. We've developed our standard wagon prototypes to be used to carry pretty much anything with only minor customisation.
"We're also working closely with ports, freight forwarders and manufacturers to optimise future freight flows on the 900 freight trains we run weekly on our national freight network, which includes the Interislander."
"As freight hubs converge we're prioritising our key transport routes and increasing efficiencies at a local level. The number of links to the KiwiRail network is growing with several new sidings installed on customer sites in the last few years.
"Businesses and consumers are increasingly conscious about their environmental impacts. Moving freight by rail is an efficient use of fuel, with lower CO2 emissions than moving equivalent loads by road. Currently rail accounts for less than 2% of the energy used by the transport sector while completing 16% of freight movements.