KiwiRail has this week met with representatives from Hawkes Bay Regional Council regarding its intentions to lease the Napier-Gisborne Line.
In February the Council resolved to ask for an extension of four months in order to finalise a business case for resuming rail operations on the line.
KiwiRail had set a deadline of 1 March 2015 for the Council to finalise its business case and make a decision on whether to lease the line.
This week’s meetings between KiwiRail and the Council’s Chief Executive and Chairman enabled in depth discussions on the proposal to take place, says KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy.
KiwiRail is currently considering the request for the time extension and expects to make a decision on the request shortly. The council has been considering options for re-establishing rail services on the line since it was mothballed in 2012.