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

 


Auckland rail ready for electric train passenger services

Media Release

1 April, 2014

Auckland rail network ready for first electric train passenger services

The $500 million project to electrify Auckland’s rail network reached its most significant milestone moments ago when the Prime Minister and KiwiRail staff officially energised electric rail infrastructure into Britomart, New Zealand’s busiest transport centre.

The move will enable the first electric train passenger services to operate between Onehunga and the city later this month and marks a major step forward for rail in Auckland.

“Today symbolises a step change for Auckland’s integrated transport network,” says KiwiRail CEO Peter Reidy. “What we have achieved through world-class engineering, construction capabilities and the deployment of new technology is a modern electrified network that will improve journey times, reliability and ultimately encourage more people out of their cars and onto trains.”

The installation of overhead lines involved 650,000 hours’ worth of construction activity, the installation of 3,500 masts, carrying 560km of 25kv overhead wires across 175km of railway tracks.

“The complexity and scale of this project is comparable to recent rail upgrades in some of the world’s largest cities,” says Mr Reidy. “Some of the equipment on the network had not been upgraded since the 1960’s so we have achieved a giant leap forward.”

KiwiRail also placed significant emphasis towards deploying state of the art technology that will enable greater levels of automation, communications and safety across the network.

This includes the implementation of a new train control system that overrides drivers if they are travelling too fast towards red signal lights and advanced automated signalling equipment that is a ‘world-first’ for New Zealand and replaces equipment that has not been upgraded for more than fifty years.

“The government has invested $1.7 billion in the upgrade of Auckland’s metro rail network and new electric trains, delivering a reliable network with frequent services. This is providing a viable alternative mode of transport for many Aucklanders and will achieve increases in rail patronage also playing a part in reducing congestion,” said Prime Minister Hon. John Key.

Over the next six months KiwiRail will progressively complete and commission other parts of the network to coincide with Auckland Transport’s planned rollout of electric passenger services.

Auckland Transport’s Chief Executive, David Warburton says, “The introduction of electric trains marks the start of a new era in public transport for Auckland. We are on target as we count down the days until we introduce modern trains to Auckland, line by line until we have all 57 trains in place near the end of 2015. With such an attractive mode of transport, we are looking forward to increasing numbers of Aucklanders making the choice to leave their cars and get on board”.

The first electric trains passenger services will run along the Onehunga Branch Line on 28 April.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

AMA: Scoop's 'Invisible Paywall'

Operation Chrysalis: The Final Countdown - Thanks & There's Still Time To Pledge

Phew! We are now counting down the hours to the end of this crowd-funding campaign at 11pm on Sunday. Thankyou to all those Scoop readers and supporters who have pledged already. You have been awesome. But this is not over yet. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news