Queen’s Birthday weekend rail improvement works
27th May 2010
Over Queen’s Birthday weekend KiwiRail staff will work around the clock in the Wellington rail yards making the final modifications to the track and overhead power lines for the new third main line into Wellington Station.
The new line will be brought into use once necessary signalling changes are made in coming months. The line is designed to reduce congestion at a known bottleneck in the rail system.
On the Johnsonville Line improvements will be made to the tracks at Raroa and Awarua St stations, both of which recently had new platforms installed. At the end of the job a large and specialised piece of rail machinery – a tamper – will be used to ensure the tracks are correctly aligned.
Elsewhere, KiwiRail will focus on improvements to the overhead power system, including installing new poles and running new wires.
While the work is underway, buses will replace trains between Wellington and Johnsonville, Petone and Paraparaumu from 4am Saturday 5 June to midnight Monday 7 June. Wairarapa services will be bussed between Petone and Wellington over the long weekend, although Monday evening services will operate as usual.
All services will run to a public holiday timetable on Monday 7 June. Bus replacements will arrive and depart Wellington Station at Platform 9 and are unable to carry bicycles. More information about bus replacements is available at www.tranzmetro.co.nz or via Metlink on 0800 801 700.
The weekend’s work is part of the Wellington Region Rail Programme, a series of improvements to the Wellington railway system that will give commuters more reliable passenger services. This is a joint initiative between the Greater Wellington Regional Council and KiwiRail.
The Wellington Region Rail Programme includes:
- A fleet of new electric trains – the Matangi trains
- Extension of electrification and double tracked lines to take commuter services to Waikanae;
- Installation of power supply equipment and railway signalling;
- Adding another line into Wellington Railway Station to reduce delays;
- Making the Johnsonville Line tunnels larger; and
- Improving a number of platform and station facilities.