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As the one year anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake approaches, the Main North Line railway from Picton to Christchurch is operating again, the Kaikoura community is opening its new marina and work is on track to re-open State Highway 1 by Christmas.

The recovery effort to restore the transport corridor has been a remarkable team effort. From a disaster response to a collaborative approach in rebuilding infrastructures, the programme has adapted to the dynamic environment and challenges presented by the landscape and harsh weather conditions.

For further information about the re-opening of State Highway 1, visit the Plan your Journey page (external link) .

September-November 2017 - milestones achieved

  • Rail – Freight milestone
  • SH1 – Ohau Point, last in the red zone
  • Road Status – Spring update
  • Marina update 

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June-August 2017 – transition from earthquake response to rebuild

  • SH1: Rebuilding the road – a coordinated approach
  • SH1: Improving the road
  • The alternate route
  • Rail – The first work train
  • Kaikoura marina and harbour – work ramping up

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November 2016 – May 2017 – In the beginning…

  • Multiple slips
  • State Highway 1 – a broken corridor
  • The Inland Road – an essential link for Kaikoura
  • The alternate Route – Picton to Christchurch
  • Rail – getting the line back on track
  • Kaikoura marina – keeping the town afloat

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