KiwiRail is cautious about providing an answer to a rickety bridge that carries a big proportion of the nation’s potatoes and carrots off the slopes under Mt Ruapehu.
The Ruapehu District Council says it’s not secure to truck produce over the busy, however one-lane and century-old, Mangateitei rail overbridge close to Ōhakune.
Locals, who stated they’d no alternative however to interrupt the load limits on the outdated bridge, needed a stage crossing urgently put in as an alternative.
KiwiRail was not eager.
“We’re reluctant so as to add any additional stage crossings due to the hazard of collisions,” it stated in an announcement immediately.
“When a brand new crossing is requested or required on the community, KiwiRail’s robust choice is for it to have the street working both above or under the monitor, by utilizing a bridge or tunnel.”
The choice to interchange the ageing bridge has hung up on the district council’s so-far in-vain makes an attempt to safe the Transport Company’s 75 p.c subsidy.
“In all circumstances a brand new crossing – in no matter kind – should meet all security, technical, and railway operational necessities and authorized necessities, and should not constrain the present and future use of the rail hall for rail,” KiwiRail stated.
“We’re completely happy to satisfy with the Ruapehu District Council to debate potential options that don’t reduce community security.”
Locals have additionally questioned whether or not water tankers might get throughout the outdated bridge if there was a home hearth and a fireplace engine wanted water.