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Whanganui Midweek - 2021-10-13

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Reopening date considered for Durie Hill elevator

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After being out of action for several months, the Durie Hill elevator is nearing a return to full service. The original copper coils in the 102-year-old elevator’s DC motor failed in July, and specialist repairs could only be made in Auckland. Lockdown measures under a series of Covid-19 alert levels have also compounded the delay in the motor’s return. Repairs have now been completed and the DC motor is expected to arrive back in Whanganui shortly. Once the motor has been reinstated in the elevator’s tower and assessed, Whanganui District Council will confirm a reopening date for the elevator. It’s unlikely however at this stage that the elevator will be up and running during the October school holidays. In the meantime, a temporary shuttle service remains in operation. This free service for Durie Hill residents is being run by the council in association with Tranzit Coachlines, and operates weekdays with morning and afternoon services. Collection and drop-off points are near the elevator’s entrances on Blyth St and Anzac Parade. For full shuttle service information including a timetable and public safety measures under Covid-19 alert level 2, please visit: www.whanganui.govt.nz/ shuttle-service

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