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, formerly ONTRACK
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), is the infrastructure arm of KiwiRail
KiwiRail Network, formerly ONTRACK , is the infrastructure arm of KiwiRail. The ONTRACK trading name was introduced in 2004 after the government repurchased all of New Zealand's rail infrastructure from Toll NZ. It does not operate revenue rolling stock...
. The ONTRACK trading name was introduced in 2004 after the government repurchased all of New Zealand's rail infrastructure from Toll NZ
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. It does not operate revenue rolling stock. Rick van Barneveld, former head of Transit New Zealand
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is its General Manager.
Areas of operation
KiwiRail Network has three main areas of operation:
- It is responsible for the maintenance and operation of all of New Zealand's main-line rail infrastructure (see List of New Zealand railway lines). Via its subsidiary ONTRACK Infrastructure Ltd it provides rail operators with access to the rail network in return for the payment of track access charges. It is also responsible for the maintenance and development of the network.
- It is the rail network controller, providing services such as train control and signalling.
- It administers a substantial portfolio of land on behalf of the Crown, and derives income from leasing land and buildings on a commercial basis.
The network consists of:
- Route length: 3,898 km
- Tunnels: 149
- Bridges: 1,700
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: 95 km at 1.5 kV DC (Wellington area), 411 km at 25 kV 50 Hz AC (NIMT central section)