KiwiRail’s work to protect the Timaru seawall continues

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The rock wall protecting the railway line south of Patiti Point in Timaru is extended 200 meters to the north and 100 meters to the south.

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The rock wall protecting the railway line south of Patiti Point in Timaru is extended 200 meters to the north and 100 meters to the south.

Work to secure the main pipeline near the eroded cliff face of Patiti Point continues.

However, the work, of around 900 meters of dike, should be completed in the coming months, according to a spokesperson for KiwiRail.

It is part of a larger $ 1.5 billion national program to restore and improve the country’s rail infrastructure.

The erosion problem near Patiti Point has been a long-standing problem and has forced the South Canterbury Deer Stalkers Association to move its buildings further inland.

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The future of Caledonian land is also a cause for concern.

Nico Evans of Simon Waldron Earthmoving brings in another load of rock as work on the retaining dike continues.

JOHN BISSET / Stuff

Nico Evans of Simon Waldron Earthmoving brings in another load of rock as work on the retaining dike continues.

A spokesperson for KiwiRail said it was rebuilding a sea wall between Scarborough and Redruth.

“Emergency work was undertaken last year to protect the sand dunes and the runway against washout from the high seas,” he said.

“Other dike work is underway: rebuilding a 200 m section north of the emergency works. The job was simple and consists of digging the dune, laying geo-mats, and then stacking rocks on top. “

The rock face protecting the railway line south of Patiti Point is one of a multitude of different national projects aimed at restoring the country's rail infrastructure.

JOHN BISSET / Stuff

The rock face protecting the railway line south of Patiti Point is one of a multitude of different national projects aimed at restoring the country’s rail infrastructure.

The spokesperson said that after the northern section is completed, KiwiRail will rebuild the sea wall south of the emergency works.

“In total, around 900 meters of dike are being rebuilt. The project should be completed in the next few months, ”he said.


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