Rail upgrade works continue this weekend
22 September 2010
KiwiRail is continuing to make progress on upgrading Wellington’s railway network, ready for the new Matangi trains.
This weekend, staff and contractors will be working on all lines, carrying out a range of activities from replacing bridges and concrete sleepers, to renewing the overhead lines which power Wellington’s electric trains.
KiwiRail will also be making improvements to the series of tunnels which run above State Highway 1 between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki. This is part of a project to address a known bottleneck on the rail network.
To allow this work to happen, buses will replace some services over the weekend.
On the Paraparaumu Line, buses will be replacing trains between Plimmerton and Paraparaumu from 6am Saturday 25 September to 5:30am Monday 27 September.
On the Johnsonville Line, buses will be replacing trains between Wellington and Johnsonville from 1am Saturday 25 September to midnight Sunday 26 September.
On the Hutt Line, buses will be replacing services between Wellington and Upper Hutt from 4am Saturday 25 until 5.30am Monday 27 September. However on Sunday 26 September special train services will operate between Wellington, Petone and Melling for the Italian Festival at Westpac Stadium. Wairarapa services will be replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt all weekend.
Bus replacements departing Wellington Station will leave from Platform 9 and cannot 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.