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


First Steps In Demolishing Khyber Pass Rail Bridge

Media Release

27 November 2008

First Steps in Demolishing Khyber Pass Rd rail bridge for rail upgrade

ONTRACK today enlisted the help of Auckland City’s mayor, John Banks to mark the start of a key element of its Project DART upgrade of Auckland’s rail network.

Work is just starting on the duplication of the western line between Newmarket and Boston Rd.

One of the more visible elements in the works is the rebuilding of the Khyber Pass Rd and Park Rd rail overbridges to accommodate the second track, a new rail station beneath it and the overhead wires that will be needed for electrification of the rail network. 

Today Mayor Banks took the first steps in demolishing the bridge.

Acting chief executive of the New Zealand Railways Corporation,  William Peet says the DART project, when completed will enable rail to play a more significant role in public transport.

“With more people using trains and buses and fewer in cars, we will all get around better.  However in this case we have had to make things temporarily worse for a period.”

Khyber Pass Rd has more than 30,000 vehicle movements a day and Park Rd 15,000.  Together they provide one of the main accesses into Auckland Hospital and Starship, and Auckland Domain.

The works have been carefully thought through so traffic disruption is minimised, Mr Peet says. 

“We carried out extensive modelling and worked closely with Auckland City Council to develop the traffic management plan and the decision was made to work on both at the same time was made to shorten the overall duration of the works.”

The railway line beneath the bridges was opened in 1881 and linked the existing North South Line with the North Auckland line already been built further west.  It is largely unchanged today, running through a narrow cutting between the two bridges hewn out of volcanic basalt – the result of three separate volcanic flows.

The bridges need to be rebuilt to widen that cutting to accommodate the second track, a new station and the overhead infrastructure needed for electrification

The existing Boston Rd station will be moved from its current gloomy setting beneath the motorway to the area between the two bridges, bringing it closer to Auckland Domain, Auckland Hospital, University of Auckland, and any future developments by AMP on the Lion Breweries site.

The new rail developments will also help to maximise the benefits of the council's Central Connector busway which is due for completion in early 2010. The Central Connector will make bus travel easier and faster for 65,000 passengers each week day between downtown Auckland and Newmarket. The rail initiatives will ensure the busway connects passengers to the rail network for travel to other parts of the region.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour Refusing To Lead A Progressive Drugs Policy

Once again, Labour has chosen not to use (a) its parliamentary majority and (b) the huge mandate it was given at the last election in order to (c) bring about progressive social change. Once again, Labour seems to regard its main purpose for being in power as being to keep National and Act out of power. Will Labour for instance, overhaul our out-dated, unsafe, and unjust laws on drugs? No, it will not... More>>


Climate Change: Emissions Report Shows Urgent Action Needed

Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New ... More>>


Government: The Duke Of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New ... More>>


Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>


Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>




InfoPages News Channels