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New Zealand: Train manufacturer must pay asbestos compensation, says political party

March 12, 2014 - 6:40am

KiwiRail Holdings Ltd. took 40 locomotives out of service after asbestos was found in the soundproofing compound, 3 News reported.

The Labour Party said Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co. Ltd., the Chinese manufacturer of the trains under question, must pay for the fallout.

The party's transport spokeswoman said "it's not just the expense of removing the asbestos." She added "the costs of lost or delayed freight services have consequences to business and communities way beyond KiwiRail's bottom line."

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