Funding of $371 million for this was received as part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme.
The project will begin later in 2020 and will include:
New overhead masts will be built along 19km of track between Papakura and Pukekohe to power electric trains for commuters
Masts carrying overhead wires to power the trains will be built alongside the tracks on existing rail land. These will be very similar in design to those already in place north of Papakura.
A new power line will be built from Transpower’s Drury substation to join the rail network so there is electricity for the trains.
New signaling will be installed to improve safety and ensure compatibility with the new overhead power system.
Track changes include layout improvements in key areas to allow more flexible train movements and we'll be lowering the tracks beneath Stadium Drive and SH1 overbridges to create enough room for the wires.
KiwiRail is working closely with Auckland Transport to support its redevelopment plans around Pukekohe station. This will include improved passenger facilities (platforms and access).
We are also improving track to separate freight and passenger services, and as part of this will develop a new stabling facility for EMUs.
We are also working closely with the key stakeholders to enable three new future stations along the route and all works will be future proofed to allow for additional lines. These plans are being developed by the Southern Growth Alliance.