Where we are working

KiwiRail and its contractors are always working to maintain and upgrade Wellington's rail network. Our teams try to keep disturbance to a minimum, but sometimes you will notice work going on in your area. 

This page lists significant upcoming short-term activity and disruption in the Wellington region. (Short-notice maintenance jobs to keep the trains running safely are not usually listed here.) 

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Wairarapa Line

  • May - ongoing: We are grinding the Wairarapa Line to address carriage vibration issues. Work will take place at night. It will be noisy and create sparks. Read more about the vibration issue here.


  • May - July: From 25 May we begin upgrading the level crossings at Andersons Line and Chester Road. There will be lane closures for both, and the occasional full road closure for Chester Road. Chester Road traffic will be detoured via Wilton Road to SH2.
  • June - August: From 1 June we are laying ducting along the railway line in Carterton, starting at Brooklyn Road and moving north towards Andersons Line. The work will sometimes be noisy but will take place during daytime only. The ducting will carry the cables needed to power the new train signalling system and the level crossing safety upgrades (warning lights, barriers and bells).

Woodside Station

  • During the Christmas 2023/24 shutdown we started construction of a new passing loop. Work in this area will continue throughout 2024.

Wellington Railway Station

  • We expect to be working many weekends, all public holidays and most nights between now and the end of 2024
  • Some of the work will be noisy, including beeping trucks as they reverse and a tamping machine that packs down the ballast under the tracks.

Kapiti Line 

Pukerua Bay

  • We are in the early stages of exploring possible sites for a new substation that is needed on the Kapiti Line.


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