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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 and making them safer and more resilient, the programme adapted to the dynamic environment and challenges presented by the landscape and harsh weather conditions.

May–December 2018 – milestones achieved

  • Rail – Coastal Pacific reconnects Picton and Christchurch
  • Parititahi road tunnels reopened to two-way traffic
  • SH1 – Ōhau Point safe stopping area opened
  • Raramai road tunnels reopened to two-way traffic
  • Rail – 24/7 freight trains

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December 2017 – April 2018 – SH1 reopening

  • SH1 reopened during the day
  • SH1 reopened 24/7

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September–November 2017 – milestones achieved

  • Rail – Freight milestone
  • Commemorating the rebuild of the line with a sculpture
  • SH1 – Ohau Point, last in the red zone
  • Road status – Road on track to reopening
  • Travel in the upper South Island
  • The marina

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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
  • Kaikōura 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 Kaikōura
  • The alternate Route – Picton to Christchurch
  • Rail – getting the line back on track
  • Kaikōura marina – keeping the town afloat

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