Ruakura Update – Keeping our Ruakura community informed
This is issue 2 of a regular update to keep you in the picture on progress of the Ruakura development.
COMMUNITY CATCH UP
Subject to availability we would like to host a Ruakura Community Liaison meeting in August to introduce the members of the group to the operator. This will be the first of many ongoing meetings to ensure there is open communications between the owners and operators of the port and our neighbours.
We will always strive to minimise the impact on our neighbours and the community. We thank you for your interest and patience and we welcome your feedback every step of the way.
GENERAL MANAGER RUAKURA
TAINUI GROUP HOLDINGS
With mild weather over recent weeks, earthworks are moving ahead on schedule. We’re on track for completing the first stage of earthworks prior to the year end. We’ve seen excellent progress with the construction of the sediment control ponds to filter any stormwater before it leaves the site. We have stripped around 80% of the topsoil and stockpiled this adjacent to Ruakura Road for re-use at a later date. Sub-surface drainage has been installed to channel the stormwater runoff to the sediment ponds. The pre-loading of the 6ha footprint is progressing as the sub surface drainage is installed. Eventually the pre-load rock will elevate the site 1m higher than the rail line. After 12 months of settling we will strip this pre-load and then construct the pavement layers, a rail siding, noise wall, screen planting, install services and stormwater devices to the site.
Truck and trailer movements will be increasing over the next few months as the platform expands. All trucks will enter along Percival Road. You will notice the temporary Traffic Management warning signs, speed restrictions and upgrades of the site entrances to help manage traffic during this time.
In line with our Environmental Management Plan we have been working with ecologists from Boffa Miskell to capture and transfer native fish to a suitable habitat downstream of our site. Boffa Miskell took the initiative to involve rangatahi (local youth) in this capture and transfer process to give them practical experience and gain knowledge about the world of ecology.
INLAND PORT OPERATOR
TGH recently announced our new joint venture with LINX Cargo Care Group to develop and operate the Ruakura Inland Port. A company owned by LINX, C3 Limited, which is New Zealand’s largest onwharf logistics company, will run the port’s day-today operations.
LINX and C3 share our long-term vision to transform North Island freight flows and develop the inland port in a responsible way with positive outcomes for the economy, environment and employment for the whole region.
We are targeting the opening of the inland port in the first half of 2019.