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Changes To Services This Saturday

Auckland Regional Transport Authority

August, 18 2006

Changes To Services This Saturday As Western Line Double Tracking Continues

Train services will be replaced by buses this Saturday [19 August], and next Saturday 26 August between Henderson and Waitakere as construction work to build a second train track on the Western Line continues.

Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) General Manager, Infrastructure and Rail, Elena Trout, said that between 7.00am and 7.20pm on each Saturday, regular train services between Henderson and Waitakere stations will be serviced by buses to allow double tracking construction work to continue on the Western Line. Where buses replace trains, the normal train fare will apply for the entire journey.

"The disruptions to passengers will be minimal, but as regular journey times may vary, we are advising passengers to allow more time for their journey," Ms Trout said.

"Train staff will be on hand to help passengers transfer from trains to the replacement buses."

Buses will also be used to service stations from Waitakere to Henderson for the 2006 Bledisloe Cup game this Saturday.

"Four buses will depart Waitakere between 1.59pm and 4.29pm, taking passengers to Henderson. At Henderson station, passengers will be transferred to trains taking them to Kingsland station located right next to Eden Park, in time for kick-off," she said.

"At the conclusion of the game, trains will run all the way back to Waitakere station."

Ms Trout said laying a second track along the Western Line is an on-going rail upgrade project.

"ARTA will continue to work closely with the track owners ONTRACK and train operator Veolia Transport Auckland Ltd to ensure construction activities minimise any effects on passenger services.

"The introduction of a second track will benefit Aucklander's and allow service improvements and an increase in frequency, capacity and reliability.

"We understand that the work has caused some disruptions, but the end result will be a much improved rail service for West Auckland. The continued support and understanding of Western Line passengers is greatly appreciated."

The Stage 2 Double Tracking works are part of a wider rail network upgrade programme, key to the continued development of the Auckland rail network. Other improvements include an expanded fleet of refurbished trains, station upgrades and improved passenger information.

Western Line train passengers planning to travel this Saturday can obtain more information from MAXX on (09) 366 6400, visit www.maxx.co.nz or look for posters on trains and at affected stations around the rail network.

ENDS

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