Bus replacements on the Western line and Eastern lines
22 Sep 2010
As intensive work to prepare the rail network for electrification continues, buses will be taking over on the Western and Eastern lines over the coming weekends. Vital maintenance and upgrading work will also be carried out such as platform extensions to improve services even further for passengers.
Bus replacements will be in operation on:
The Western line:
Waitakere to Britomart on Saturdays 25th September and 2nd October
Henderson to Britomart on Sundays 26th September and 3rd October
The Eastern line:
Otahuhu to Britomart (via Glen Innes) on Saturdays 9th and 16th October
Otahuhu to Britomart (via Glen Innes) on Sundays 10th and 17th October
ARTA General Manager Customer Services, Mark Lambert says “The works are primarily focused around preparing the network for electrification and ongoing maintenance, carried out by KiwiRail.
Electrification works involve installing new signalling, putting in the traction masts and ensuring there is enough clearance underneath bridges for the overhead wires.
“Vital maintenance and renewals work involves laying new sleepers, building platform extensions, as well as keeping the rail corridor tidy.
“The weekends are usually a little quieter on the rail network, and therefore are the most opportune time to get on with the work. This can only be done when the trains are not running.
“Passengers should look out for RAIL BUS signs at affected stations, and where buses replace trains, normal train fares will apply for the entire journey. Passengers should also allow extra time for their journey.
“Those passengers who have free train travel with event tickets, such as the ITM Rugby match being played at Eden Park on Sunday 17th October, can still travel for free on bus replacements. Simply show your match ticket, or Eden Park membership card to the driver. Please retain your ticket for the return journey to ensure you get free transport on the way back.”
Mr Lambert said: “We’d like to thank passengers for their continued support and understanding while we carry out this important work. More and more people are choosing to travel by rail, with patronage in the region dramatically increasing over the last five years. We’d like to thank Aucklanders for making that happen.”
For more details on rail services and rail bus replacements, please call MAXX on 3666 400 or visit www.maxx.co.nz