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CRL KiwiRail Strand works


Curious about the work around the Strand yard in Parnell over the January holiday period?

Over the past five months, KiwiRail has installed a new track cross-over point, modified the track and overhead lines and signal equipment.

Trains now have easier access to the stabling yard which supports more peak services once the City Rail Link is running.

This will make access easier for the Northern Explorer and empty Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trains.

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Here’s a video about the work:


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

Here are time-lapses of the work over the holiday period.

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

OLD: The old track

NEW: The new look


More than 300 trains per day run along this section of the line.

KiwiRail installed:

  • 10 new traction masts

  • 4 signal masts

  • Over 200 sleepers

  • 140 metres of new rail tracks

  • Moved 1400 cubic metres of dirt

  • All undamaged, replaced sleepers and rail have been kept for appropriate reuse elsewhere on the network. KiwiRail recycled all cable and metal waste from the project.

This Auckland Anniversary weekend (26- 28 January) KiwiRail will complete construction work for the City Rail Link at The Strand area of the Auckland rail network.