KiwiRail's recent works

While most New Zealanders took a break over the 2019-20 Christmas-NY period, hundreds of KiwiRail staff and contractors were hard at work on the rail network in Auckland and Wellington.

Each year KiwiRail takes advantage of the holiday lull, when passenger demand is down, to shut down these busy parts of the rail network and carry out a major work blitz to ensure good service for the rail commuters in these two cities.

The work was completed on both metro networks between Boxing Day and January 5 2020.

Wellington

In Wellington KiwiRail worked on 13 sites overall, spread from the Wairarapa to the Hutt Valley and Porirua.

The work included installing the foundations for 80 new masts over the overhead powerlines in the busiest part of the network – the approaches to Wellington Railway Station.  Elsewhere around the network, the activity included building underpasses, upgrading level crossings and installing barrier arms, replacing rail and sleepers, and improving slope stability and drainage.

The NZ Transport Agency also worked during this shutdown, installing a new walking and cycling underpass on the Melling Line as part of the Petone to Melling section of Te Ara Tupua.

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Timelapse video of the Trentham Station underpass works
Where we worked in Wellington
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Travel while this work was underway

Buses replaced trains on most of the network during the shutdown period.

For more information on changes to travel during upgrade works visit Metlink's website here.

Got a query about our Wellington works

If you have any queries or concerns about our activity, please contact us on

Phone: 0800801070 extn 43042

Email: wgtnupgrade@kiwirail.co.nz

Auckland

 

In Auckland KiwiRail also worked across the network between December 26 2019 and January 5 2020.

This included at four level crossings along the Western Line and one on the Southern Line.

The Western line was closed to allow for works to replace sleepers, track and turnouts - which allow trains to change tracks - at several locations, and for CRL interim works, and early works for the New Lynn to Avondale cycleway.

The Southern Line and Eastern Lines were closed south of Westfield for Otahuhu third platform work and Puhinui Interchange, track work and sleeper replacement between Papakura and Pukekohe.

 

 

 

 

Where we worked in Auckland
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Travel while work is underway

Buses replaced trains on those parts of the Auckland network that were closed during the shutdown period.

For more information on dates and times of future closures and bus timetables visit Auckland Transport's wesbite here.

 

Got a query about our Auckland works

If you have any queries or concerns about our activity, please contact us on

Phone: 0800801070 extn 43042 

or complete our public feedback form using this link.