Electrifying the network in this area will make enable people to travel around the region more easily on public transport. These works will allow for the expected future population growth. We are working closely with the Supporting Growth Alliance and key stakeholders to enable new future stations along the route and allow for additional lines.
Funding of $371 million for electrification was received as part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme.
Electrification will be extended from Papakura down to Pukekohe.
Currently rail passengers from south of Papakura must switch trains to get to and from the city. Electrifying this section means electric trains can travel through to Pukekohe, improving commuter services and enable capacity for growth.
To enable this we are undertaking three key changes on the network between Papakura and Pukekohe:
We are currently preparing the network to get it ready for the main construction works that will deliver these changes.
Masts carrying overhead wires to power the trains will be built alongside the tracks on existing rail land. These will be very similar to those already in place north of Papakura.
Masts will be built 40-50m apart along the route.
New signaling will be installed to improve safety, resilience and ensure compatibility with the new overhead power system.
Level crossing safety will be improved along the route.
Track changes include layout improvements in key areas. They will allow for more services and increase the flexibility of train movements along the route.
Introducing electric trains to Pukekohe will mean more services and longer trains. KiwiRail is working closely with Auckland Transport to build a modern public transport interchange and support its redevelopment plans around Pukekohe Station. Works include:
As space at the station is limited the old Pukekohe Station building will need to be relocated. We have been working with the local community towards a practical solution that will see the building rehomed.
Work to electrify the network between Papakura and Pukekohe is getting underway and will be rolled out in phases. KiwiRail has engaged eTRACS (a John Holland and McConnell-Dowell joint venture) and Siemens as its contractors to deliver this project. Their teams aim to minimise any disruption to commuters and neighbours and will ensure clear signage is in place for any changes to station access or parking. Our contractors will complete as much work as possible while trains are running.
Work will be rolled out at different times:
We are currently preparing the network to get it ready for main construction works to start.
When trains are unable to run bus replacements will be provided.
We work closely with Auckland Transport to identify quieter travel times when we can close the rail network to allow us to work safely. Off-peak times include evenings and weekends. We also take advantage of long weekends and holidays e.g. over Christmas/New Year when we plan a very busy schedule to get as much work done as possible. This can mean working 24/7 to get the job done. During these times buses replace trains - find out more at at.govt.nz
Much of electrification will be done when trains are still running however at times network upgrade works mean trains can not run, and buses replace services.
We understand our work is likely to cause some disturbance for people living and working along the rail corridor. We will work to both minimise impacts and give our neighbours notice of works so they can plan around them. The machinery we use can create noise, vibration and dust. At times we use lights for safety, these are visible during night work.
When we have major works near you we will:
In early 2021 KiwiRail, Supporting Growth and Auckland Transport held on-line and drop in sessions to share our plans for extending electric train service and planned new stations. A video of KiwiRail's session can be watched here: KiwiRail's presentation and an overview of questions and answers are available here. For the Supporting growth presentation visit here.
We will work to keep disturbance to a minimum and appreciate your patience as we carry out this work.
Upgrading the rail network is a challenging project. It is important we keep our work crew, neighbours and rail users safe during construction. We do as much as possible without disrupting rail services, but some work can only be done when no trains are running. We aim to find a balance that minimises overall disruption for rail customers and our neighbours.
Please contact us on 0800 801 070 (after hours extn 43042) or email us at email@example.com. To receive future work notifications by email, please contact us with your contact details (including your physical address) or regularly visit our current work sites page.