pgrading Wellington's Waterloo Quay rail crossing

13 to 30 April 2019

What’s happening and why?

KiwiRail is upgrading the northern Waterloo Quay railway level crossing by the Westpac Stadium in Central Wellington. This crossing is an important part of the Lower North Island railway network which is used by many businesses to export their products through Wellington’s Centre Port.

We are making this level crossing:

  • better able to withstand earthquakes and flooding
  • safer, with upgraded signals
  • easier for vehicles to cross.

We need to close lanes and roads to complete this work. There may also be some construction noise. We apologise for the inconvenience.

When is this work happening?

Between Saturday 13 April and Tuesday 30 April 2019.

The work will start on Saturday 13 April. It will continue through Easter and finish with reinstatement work (e.g. restoring the pedestrian islands) on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 April.

We are doing this work over the Easter/Anzac holiday period because traffic is expected to be relatively light.


Who will this work affect?

People living, working and travelling in the area, including from the Old Hutt Road and Wellington motorway, plus businesses transporting freight to and from Centre Port.


How will traffic be affected?

Saturday 13 April 7am to Easter Sunday 21 April 10pm | Waterloo Quay | one lane will be open each way 

Easter Sunday 21 April 10pm to Easter Monday 22 April 7am | Aotea on- and offramps, Aotea Quay and Waterloo Quay north of Wellington Railway Station (Bunny Street) closed to all traffic

Easter Monday 22 April 7am until Saturday 30 April 5pm | Waterloo Quay | one lane will be open each way


What do I need to do?

If you’re travelling through this area during these times, including to the Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, please allow extra travel time.

If you’re attending the Phoenix game at Westpac Stadium on Sunday 21 April, please allow extra travel time and note the road closures from 10pm.

If I live or work locally, when am I likely to experience construction noise?

Most work will take place between 7am and 5pm. The exception is the night of Easter Sunday: our teams will be working between 10pm on Sunday 21 and 7am on Monday 22 April (Easter Sunday and Monday).

Thank you for your patience while we carry out this essential work. Our team will work as quickly and quietly as we can and apologise for any disturbance caused.


Feedback and enquiries

Peter Fisher, KiwiRail Production Manager, 027 809 7954  or