Much of the work to bring the Kapiti Line up to a modern standard has already been completed, to allow for longer and faster trains, and more services to meet growing commuter demand. This work includes upgraded station facilities, improved signalling, and the installation of a modern overhead power system.
We will be carrying out some work on the signalling ducts along the rail corridor between Mana Station and Steyne Avenue throughout May and June. Works will be from Sunday to Wednesday nights between 1st and 26th May, from 7pm to 4am. We also have some weekend daytime works in early June, from 6am to 6pm.
Over the Easter and Anzac long weekends, we made good progress at Plimmerton Station. We demolished the southern end of the platform to make room for the new track alignment. We upgraded the Pascoe Avenue level crossing and continued with civil works at Steyne Avenue
We also closed the pedestrian crossing at the south end of the station. This crossing has to be closed because, given the new track alignment, we would be required to install pedestrian mazes in the middle of that section, and there is no room for it.
Generally, the preference in New Zealand and internationally is to close uncontrolled level crossings. Statistics show that these crossings present a high risk to pedestrians and vehicles. With more trains anticipated at Plimmerton, the risk will increase.
KiwiRail and Greater Wellington Regional Council are working together to upgrade the rail network across the Wellington region. This includes improvements to Plimmerton Station to allow more trains to operate, catering for projected population growth over the next 25 years.
The works we’re carrying out will allow trains to turn around at Plimmerton. It will mean that trains that currently run from Wellington to Porirua can be extended to Plimmerton, which will help with capacity in peak traffic times.
The works involve building an additional platform and shelter, realigning some of the track, levelling the platform, and improving the underpass. We’ve also upgraded the Steyne Avenue and Pascoe Avenue level crossings to comply with international safety and signalling standards.
The works started in early 2021 and are due for completion in early 2024. The bulk of the physical works will be completed by early 2023.
During the works, some train services may be affected. Buses will replace trains.
For more information about the project, contact us at email@example.com.
Click here for a map of Plimmerton Station, depicting current and future walking routes, and the final layout.