Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Stage 2 of Western Line double tracking

9 June 2005

ARTA begins design for Stage 2 of Western Line double tracking

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) has selected GHD Limited engineering consultants to carry out the detailed design of Stage 2 of the double tracking of the western rail line, which has an estimated construction cost of about $60m.

ARTA CEO Alan Thompson says that GHD Limited, in conjunction with rail track designer and owner ONTRACK, has entered the detailed design phase of Stage 2 of the double tracking project which will run from New Lynn to Henderson.

Mr Thompson says that the $600,000 design project was publicly tendered and five organisations put in bids for the work. ARTA took a combination of factors into consideration and robust selection criteria were applied.

"The Western Line double tracking project is divided into five stages which will ultimately see the rail line from Boston Road Station to Swanson double tracked, and the Newmarket station redeveloped. Stage 1, which is now complete, involved double tracking lines from Boston Road in Mt Eden through to New North Road in Morningside," he says.

Double tracking of the Western Line will allow trains to travel in both directions simultaneously, thereby avoiding rush-hour bottlenecks. It is also expected to create more reliable and frequent rail services.

"More morning and evening peak services will run to and from West Auckland and, with completion of Stage 1, increased services between Britomart and New Lynn have been introduced," says Mr Thompson.

Stage 2 will link into the new Waitakere City civic centre and transport interchange being constructed at Henderson.

"The next step for ARTA is to obtain further funding and then call for tenders for the construction of Stage 2 over the next few months," he says.

ARTA has also advertised tenders for concept design of Stage 4 and redevelopment of the Newmarket station.

While the design project is underway, vegetation is being cleared along the rail corridor from New Lynn to Henderson. This is being done without the use of chemicals or sprays by PM Sadler Limited at a cost of $120,000.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news