Delivering Wellington Metro’s upgrade involves several organisations working closely together to increase capacity and resilience of the region’s network.
KiwiRail owns, operates and maintains the railway network itself and operates freight services, provides locomotive haulage for the Metlink Wairarapa services and operates Capital Connection commuter service between Palmerston North and Wellington.
The Wellington Metro rail network comprises the electrified lines from Wellington railway station to Johnsonville, Waikanae, Melling, Upper Hutt and the diesel operated line beyond Upper Hutt to Masterton. Included also are depots and sidings used by passenger trains.
Metlink services use this KiwiRail network under an agreement that covers the right to access and sets out how much each party pays for its share of the use. This approach is in line with the MOT Metropolitan Rail Operating Model, which applies to both Auckland and Wellington commuter rail services.
The Wellington Metro Upgrade Programme is being managed and delivered by KiwiRail, using both contractors and its own resources.
The programme is a significant investment and these works are separate from routine network maintenance which is funded by KiwiRail and Greater Wellington.
The funding cases were developed by Greater Wellington and KiwiRail working together and with the funders so they align with their objectives for Wellington rail public transport.
In addition, Greater Wellington and its rail service operator Transdev Wellington are part of KiwiRail’s monitoring and governance of these programmes, in order to ensure they deliver the objectives important to rail public transport users and the community generally.