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Construction: Otahuhu Improvements

Construction: Ōtāhuhu Improvements

CRLL’s contract 8 includes improvement works at Ōtāhuhu. This page gives you the background to City Rail Link work in the area and lists construction updates.

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


Ōtāhuhu 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 Ōtāhuhu that enables passengers going west to south or vice versa to avoid having to go to the City Centre.

Creating that new service between Ōtāhuhu and Henderson will require a new platform at Ōtāhuhu 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.

What we’re doing

A new section of rail line will service a third platform at Ōtāhuhu Station. We will work in the rail corridor between Ōtāhuhu Station and Portage Road.

Over 11 months, KiwiRail is constructing:

  • the new 1.3-kilometre-long section of track alongside the main line

  • four new cross-overs to allow trains to switch between tracks

  • new overhead line and signal equipment between Ōtāhuhu Station and Portage Road.

The work will allow a third platform to be used at Ōtāhuhu Station for improved train services when the City Rail Link opens in 2024.

Scheduled dates for our work programme
We expect to complete the work by February 2020. Our work crews will first set up the worksite and begin work to relocate existing underground utilities.

Who is doing the work and when
KiwiRail staff and its contractor, Total Rail Solutions, will deliver most of its Ōtāhuhu works during weekday business hours. Some work will be completed during weekends and public holidays when there are no trains running and the overhead lines are shut off.

Auckland Transport will upgrade the actual station.

How this work affects you
All work will be carried out within the rail corridor. There may be some noise, dust and vibration associated with the work.

We apologise for any inconvenience. Our staff and contractors are mindful of our rail neighbours and will work hard to minimise any impact on you.

How it will look when finished