The Rail and Maritime Trade Union (RMTU) has given notice of its intent to commence industrial action from Monday 26 February to Friday 16 March.

Auckland Transport and Transdev have developed a temporary timetable to minimise disruption and provide consistent rail services on these lines during this period.

Customers can expect Southern, Western and Eastern line weekday peak train services at 20-minute intervals, with inter-peak and off-peak services running as normal. Many trains on these services will run with six cars, which can hold 900 passengers, to help reduce impact.

Onehunga and Pukekohe weekday train services and weekend train services across all lines will remain on their usual timetable.

Ferry and bus services will operate as normal.

Read the media release: Temporary timetable on trains due to industrial action.

Auckland Transport

Progress on proposed Half Moon Bay ferry facility

Significant progress has been made on the proposed new Half Moon Bay ferry facility, with the manufacture of the pontoon and gangway substantially complete.

The design of the fixed wharf is also complete and the team will apply for notified resource consents soon.

The $4.3 million project is led by Auckland Transport in partnership with the Howick Local Board and the NZ Transport Agency. The structure at a new location at the end of Ara-Tai will replace the existing facility within the marina.

The Half Moon Bay ferry facility is consistent with a wider, long-term redevelopment plan for the marina area. It is aimed at making immediate progress on a modern and safe facility within the available funding.

Auckland Transport Project Director, Nick Seymour, says the new ferry facility will provide an efficient public transport option to and from east Auckland.

“We’re committed to providing a high-quality, safe and accessible ferry facility for residents of Half Moon Bay and surrounding areas.  

“The ferry facility will be similar in quality to Auckland Transport’s Hobsonville ferry terminal which opened in February 2012. It will support the new public transport network once it is rolled out and will become a key transfer hub for passengers using buses and ferries with better integration of bus and ferry services.”

Consultation on the new public transport network for east Auckland is expected to start in October.

Construction of the fixed wharf is expected to start in early 2016 subject to the granting of resource consents.

Once that is complete, the pre-manufactured pontoon and gangway will be floated and secured into place. The facility is expected to be operational and open for public use around October 2016.

Features and benefits of the proposed facility

  • Safer, more accessible and designed to provide a greater level of shelter against the elements for passengers on the wharf, gangway and pontoon
  • The design of the wharf structure will reflect the history of the local area
  • Located at the end of Ara-Tai, it will be separated from leisure boat users, which will improve sea traffic flows

Get more information about the design and progress of the new facility.