Thursday, July 18, 2024

Investigation into KiwiRail failings launched

The Government has announced a rapid review of KiwiRail following a breakdown of critical equipment that led to major disruptions for Wellington passenger rail users.

Transport Minister, Michael Wood says the Review will investigate whether KiwiRail is appropriately focused on the delivery of reliable commuter services; if KiwiRail’s engagement with stakeholders regarding this breakdown was adequate; and what changes are needed to prevent reoccurrence.

“The disruption of Wellington train services this week is not good enough and follows other similar instances of service disruptions to commuters on KiwiRail’s network,” Mr Wood said.

“KiwiRail have accepted responsibility for the missteps which will result in further disruptions to services this week, and have reassured me they are acting quickly to restore fully functional services for commuters,” he said.

State-owned Enterprises Minister, Duncan Webb said he had requested a rapid investigation to ensure KiwiRail learns from the event, and can prevent it from happening again.

“I expect to receive the findings of the review next month,” Minister Webb said.  

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