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Powerhouse Road railway crossing repairs enable safer journeys for residents

31 Aug 2023

A collaborative approach by council and KiwiRail to residents’ concerns about the condition of the Powerhouse Road rail crossing has resulted in repairs and upgrades during a break of fine weather in August.  

A Powerhouse Road resident wrote to Mayor Jamie Cleine in April expressing concern about the condition of the crossing. The crossing is used by vehicles, and children cycling to catch the school bus at the end of the road.  

The repairs involved working with KiwiRail and their contractor MBD Ltd to level the crossing, improve cross flow drainage, install the asphalt AC surface and reinstate all safety line marking and limit lines.   

Manager infrastructure delivery Eric de Boer says, “The Powerhouse Road crossing works were completed on 22 August. With this good weather, the works went exceptionally well and were completed ahead of time.” 

“Powerhouse Road has a sizeable resident population, and this crossing was in a deteriorated state.  We are very appreciative of being able to work with KiwiRail to improve this area, which now has a more resilient and robust crossing point for the future”.   

The repairs and upgrades cost $150,000 and were funded out of approved transport and roading budgets, which enjoy the support of a 72% funding assistance rate from Waka Kotahi – New Zealand Transport Agency, reducing the direct cost to the district.   


For further information please contact: 

Eric de Boer 
Manager Infrastructure Delivery