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

 


Investigation into Electric Trains to Pukekohe

20 November 2012

Investigation into Electric Trains to Pukekohe

Another step towards world-class public transport infrastructure across Auckland

Auckland Transport is looking at options for an extension of the electrification of the rail network as far south as Pukekohe. Previously it was only intended to electrify the lines to Papakura.

The proposal is to look at options, including funding, for electrification to Pukekohe. This would see trains running from Pukekohe to Britomart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at other times.

Mayor Len Brown has welcomed the investigation saying it would mean people in Franklin would be able to enjoy the full benefits of the electrification of the rail network, our new electric trains and the City Rail Link along with the rest of Auckland.

"This would mean quieter, faster and more efficient trains all the way to Pukekohe. This is another example of us working to ensure people across the region enjoy the benefits of a united Auckland.”

Mr Brown says “Pukekohe is identified in the Auckland Plan as a key regional centre for future residential and business growth, which will have a rapidly growing need to move people to and from homes and jobs in the area.”

Auckland Transport says significant population growth between Drury and Pukekohe makes the electrification viable. The area’s population is predicted to more than treble in the next 30 years to close to 80,000.

Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker says “This is something we have been advocating for and the community has been wanting for a long time. We are extremely pleased that the investigation is happening now as it makes sense to do the work while we have contractors and systems in place to build Auckland’s electric rail network. “

Electrification to Pukekohe is estimated to cost $102.3m. Close to $19m has already been set aside in Auckland Transport’s Long Term Plan. The project would see new Park and Ride facilities and stations at Paerata and Drury and a major station upgrade at Pukekohe, the purchase of two additional 3-car EMUs, the raising of three bridges and track lowering at one location.

There will be a net saving of $2m per year if the diesel engines to Pukekohe are replaced with electric ones.

A fleet of 57 three-car electric train sets is currently being built by Spanish firm Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), suppliers of electric trains and light rail fleets to a large percentage of European markets and metropolitan customers around the world.

Auckland’s new electric trains have been designed to meet the specific needs of those travelling around Auckland and feature the latest state-of-the-art technology in terms of safety, comfort and reliability. The first electric train is due to arrive in Auckland in the third quarter of 2013 and will undergo significant testing before going into public service in 2014.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news