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Reuse of Addington Junction site to reinstate eastward facing track

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From: Patrick Dunford

Dear KiwiRail,

Addington Junction was originally built and used until 1993 with the curve that faced to the east, allowing all northbound passenger trains to travel directly between the old Christchurch central city station and stations on the Main North Line. In 1993 when the passenger station was moved to its new site at Addington and the Christchurch rail yards closed the curve was replaced with the current one facing to the west to allow trains to travel directly from Middleton instead.

If there is ever a reinstatement of a central city passenger rail terminal in the future, the junction would need to be altered to have a curve facing east added to the existing junction arrangement. Due to reuse of the previous corridor including the Blenheim Road overbridge it would appear to be impractical to reinstate the exact route of the original curve without significant expense.

However it appears it could be possible to fit a tight radius curve (approx 120 metres) by going across the Turners Auctions site and this would not require any alterations to the overbridge.

A political candidate in the Christchurch local elections has claimed there is a covenant on the Turners Auctions site title(s) placed by Kiwirail to enable the site to be taken back in future should there be a requirement to reinstate the curve. Please advise if any such arrangement exists, or anything similar such as the land being retained in KRL ownership and currently leased to Turners.

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Dunford

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From: OCU

On behalf of KiwiRail I'd like to acknowledge receipt of your official information request dated 24 August 2019, for information on the Addington Junction, specifically the Turners Auction site.

We received your request on 26 August 2019.

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 23 September 2019, i.e. 20 working days after the day your request was received. If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.

Your request is being handled by KiwiRail's Official Correspondence Unit (OCU).
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Kind regards


Dave Allard  | Government Relations Advisor
Level 4, Wellington Railway Station, Bunny Street, Wellington 6011 | PO Box 593, Wellington 6140, New Zealand


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