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

Taharoto-Wairau Road upgrade Taharoto-Wairau Road

The upgrade of the Taharoto-Wairau road corridor is now virtually complete. The Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersections have been upgraded and the old Wairau Creek Bridge has been replaced.


Project zone: North


Project purpose

The project provides significant improvements to two intersections: Wairau Road/Forrest Hill Road and Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road.

  • Replaced 1939 bridge
  • New traffic lights at the Nile Road/Forrest Hill Road intersection, including a new signalised pedestrian crossing across Nile Road
  • Undergrounding of telecommunication and power lines and ducting for future ultra-fast broadband services
  • Upgraded watermain network
  • On-road cycle lanes for commuters and off-road lanes around schools
  • Larger and better quality footpaths and additional pedestrian islands

The $4.2 million improvements were part of the seven-stage Taharoto-Wairau Road upgrade started in 2006 under the former North Shore City Council.

Wairau FHR Intersection ArtistBenefits

The upgrade bought a number of other benefits for all road users. These include:

  • Replacement of an outdated bridge that allows for increased road capacity;
  • Additional traffic lanes to help ease congestion;
  • On-road cycle lanes for commuters and confident cyclists;
  • Off-road cycle lanes around school areas to cater for younger and less experienced cyclists;
  • Larger and better quality footpaths;
  • Additional pedestrian islands to help people cross the road safely;
  • Landscaping and undergrounding of overhead power and telecommunication lines to improve the look of the area;
  • Improved intersections due to the installation of traffic lights and additional marked lanes;
  • Resurfacing of the road for a smoother journey.

Milestones

2012/13 - December 2012 stages 5 and 6 start. May - halfway mark
2012/13 - Wairau Bridge and traffic island completed. Commissioning of new traffic signals on Wairau, Forrest Hill and Nile Roads
2013/14 - New road and bridge finished and open for use December 2013
2013/14 - Minor works finished, project completed


Project details


Existing view of the Wairau Road and Forest Hill intersectionThe intersection improvements and bridge replacement are part of the seven-stage Taharoto-Wairau Road Upgrade started in 2006 under the former North Shore City Council.

Four stages have been completed:

  1. A section of Wairau Road outside Westlake Girls High School
  2. The Wairau Road/Shakespeare Road/Taharoto Road intersection
  3. A section of between Shakespeare and Northcote Roads
  4. Improvements to Shakespeare Road and the North Shore Hospital

The final 7th stage widens Wairau Road between the Wairau/Forrest Hill intersection and Shakespeare Road.

The main project works include:

  • replacement of the Wairau Creek Bridge to allow for increased road capacity
  • additional traffic lanes to help ease congestion
  • on-road cycle lanes for commuters and confident cyclists
  • off-road cycle lanes around school areas
  • larger and better quality footpaths
  • additional pedestrian islands
  • undergrounding of overhead power and telecommunication lines
  • traffic lights and additional marked lanes at intersections
  • road resurfacing
  • landscaping

Key fact

  • $5.4 million cost
  • 7 stages - one yet to be delivered
  • New bridge caters for a 100 - year flood
  • New bridge structure has six piles each over a metre wide and 24m deep
  • 14 precast beams each spanning about 20 metres and weighing more than 20 tonnes

Need more information?

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