City Rail Link Ltd (CRLL) and KiwiRail are celebrating the completion of the first set of wider network improvements required to support Auckland’s transformational City Rail Link when it opens in 2024.
KiwiRail, on behalf of CRLL, has installed a new track cross-over point and other upgrades in The Strand area of the Auckland network, one of the busiest sections of rail in the city. Over five months, KiwiRail installed the cross-over and modified the track and overhead lines and signal equipment.
The work was completed in intensive blocks, to reduce the impact on neighbours and commuters.
KiwiRail acting Chief Executive, Todd Moyle, said a new track layout was required to simplify access to The Strand stabling yard - the area where morning peak services are ‘stabled’ before they come back into service for the evening peak. Over 300 trains travel through this area daily.
“KiwiRail is proud to contribute to a more reliable and resilient rail service for Aucklanders as we continue building stronger connections for a better New Zealand.”
“Once the City Rail Link is open and operating, more trains will travel in and out of the city more often. Wider network improvements are required to ensure the increased timetables can be achieved.”
CRLL’s Chief Executive, Sean Sweeney, says the Strand is the first construction project to be completed from a huge programme of work for a project that will have a huge impact on the way Aucklanders travel around their city.
“Just as significantly, it is also the first collaborative piece of work undertaken by KiwiRail and City Rail Link Ltd. We look forward to continuing this relationship on network improvements at Otahuhu later this year.”
“Together CRLL and KiwiRail have demonstrated how well we can work together on work like this, and the wider importance of collaboration as delivery of the City Rail Link starts to ramp up.”
CRLL is currently evaluating two bids to design and construct twin 3.45 kilometre-long rail tunnels below Auckland’s CBD, two underground stations, the upgrade of a third station, and the installation of track and signalling, safety and communication systems.
The City Rail Link is the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in New Zealand.