Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August – full network closure
Auckland’s rail network will be closed this weekend to allow major works associated with the on-going station improvements and electrification of the rail network.
Replacement rail bus services will be provided during the closure and special timetables will be in place for them. For full details go to www.maxx.co.nz . Details will also be available at stations.
Please be aware that there may be minor delays to services next week to allow for the weekend works to settle in.
Works taking place in the weekend include general track maintenance, graffiti removal, vegetation control and drilling for relocating of utility cables. Some work will involve diggers and rock-breaking at times during the day and night.
Along the western line, overhead wires will be installed between New Lynn and Baldwin Ave as well as portals and masts in Morningside to ready station platforms for electric trains.
Further along at Henderson Station, the roof line will be cut back to allow electric wires to pass underneath the building walkway. At the same time a trench will be dug against the edge of the station for a retaining wall to be built at a later stage.
Foundation works will be carried out along the Eastern line from Tamaki Drive, through Orakei, Sylvia Park to Onehunga. As part of AMETI project, work at Panmure is continuing.
At Newmarket, a new power cable is to go over the central platform along with other foundation construction works at the station.
More preparatory works for electrification is to be carried out at Middlemore and Puhinui. To keep electric wires from touching the underside of the Puhinui footbridge, guard conductors will be installed.
There will be platform works at Takanini station, and track alignment at Homai and Papatoetoe.
Finally, the old wooden ticket office at Papakura Station will be re-sited to the western platform side. It will be refurbished and become the new ticket office and information kiosk once improvement works at the station are completed.
For more details on the upgrade of the rail network visit www.kiwirail.co.nz.