More than a year I said, and they’re pretty much on schedule

Just a few days after 14 November 2016 a lot of people expected the Kaikoura damage and slips to be cleared in a few months.   It’s not just about clearing the debris, they also need to stabilise the hillsides.

The half-way point has been reached in the massive job of clearing slips north of Kaikoura from last year’s earthquake, says Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

He said the milestone was reached this week in the Government’s effort to restore road and rail links to Kaikoura.

“This is good news not only for Kaikoura but also for the rest of New Zealand as work progresses at pace to restore the road and rail networks that are critical to supporting our economy, keeping these communities connected and boosting the prosperity of this region,” Bridges says.

Kaikoura is hurting and the real objective is to make the place accessible in time for the tourist high season.  

“Given the size of those landslides, NCTIR crews are estimating that more than half of the total slip material has now been removed from the transport corridor north of Kaikoura.

“The work crews are making good progress and is a testament to the huge effort they are putting in, while ensuring a safe and co-ordinated approach is employed for moving the large numbers of workers, machinery and trucks within the narrow ribbon of land between cliffs and the sea,” he said.

Bridges said based on current progress crews remain on track to restore the pre-earthquake transport links to Kaikoura and its surrounding communities by Christmas.

If there is any way to speed it up, the government needs to make sure it throws the money at it.   “By Christmas” will essentially be too late for the local economy to take advantage of the big surge of visitors to the country.


– NZ Herald

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