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Otahuhu and Strand wider network Improvements

Otahuhu and THE Strand wider network Improvements

 

CRLL’s contract 8 includes improvement works at Otahuhu and The Strand in Parnell.

The works will be delivered by KiwiRail and Auckland Transport and will help create a more reliable and resilient rail service.


Otahuhu 3rd Platform & Loop

The introduction of a new train timetable when the City Rail Link (CRL) is finished will divert many Western Line services away from Grafton to give a significantly better service for passengers going between the west and Britomart.

A new service will be provided between west Auckland and Otahuhu that enables passengers going west to south or vice versa to avoid having to go to the City Centre.

Creating that new service between Otahuhu and Henderson will require a new platform at Otahuhu to allow those trains to turn back. The platform will be located on a loop track off the main line. This will also enable any train needing repair to be accommodated if necessary without holding up other services.

TIMING

These works are expected to be carried out in 2019/2020. Timing and further details to be confirmed in due course.

  SOUTH: Proposed southern platform at Otahuhu

SOUTH: Proposed southern platform at Otahuhu


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The Strand crossover

The former Strand train station in Parnell was re-opened in 2011 to be a stabling yard for Auckland Transport’s Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains, to be a platform for KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer and to act as an emergency back-up station to Britomart if needed.

The rail works planned include introducing a new track cross-over point that allows trains to more easily access the existing Strand station and stabling facility, along with some track realignment and modifications to overhead line and signalling equipment. This will make access easier for the Northern Explorer and empty EMUs.

Once the CRL is operational, The Strand works will mean there can be an increased frequency of trains on the Auckland rail network.

The work will focus on the area of rail network from Ronayne Street (the rail bridge) to The Strand stabling yard.

The specific work involves:

  • Pre-construction preparation work including relocation of underground utilities

  • Addition of a new retaining wall, drainage and new track layout (sleepers and rail track)

  • Realignment of both tracks to enhance train movement

  • Addition of a new crossover enabling trains to pass more frequently whilst entering and exiting Britomart

  • Repositioning of traction masts and overhead wires.

TIMING

It will take about five months from this September.

Most of the work will be done during daytime hours but some will need to be done at night when trains are not running, and electrified power lines are switched off.

All of the work will be done within the rail corridor but those in the vicinity may experience noise, dust and vibrations associated with some activities, particularly when carried out at night or during weekends and public holidays.

At this stage, that night work is scheduled for:

  • 17 and 18 November 2018

  • 26 December 2018 to 6 January 2018

  • 26 January to 28 January 2019

There are three periods planned for this project, when the rail line will be closed to enable work to be done around the clock to get as much done as quickly as possible:

  • 17th and 18th November 2018

  • 26 December 2018 to 6 January 2018

  • 26 January to 28 January 2019

Wherever possible, the most disruptive activities will be carried out in daytime hours during these periods.

KiwiRail will provide regular updates to those in the area.


  STABLING: The entrance to The Strand stabling yard

STABLING: The entrance to The Strand stabling yard


  CROSSOVER: The new crossover will enable trains to pass more frequently while entering and exiting Britomart

CROSSOVER: The new crossover will enable trains to pass more frequently while entering and exiting Britomart