Closure of all Auckland train lines over Labor weekend

All Auckland train lines will be closed for maintenance over Labor Day weekend, AT said. Photo/NZME

All Auckland train lines will be closed for maintenance over Labor Day weekend, AT said, while KiwiRail issued an apology to commuters in the city.

Work will start late Friday night and won’t finish until Monday, with buses replacing trains across the city’s network.

KiwiRail chief operating officer David Gordon said the bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to get on track for work that takes time to complete due to low ridership.

Three days of uninterrupted work will be used to extend electrification to Pukekohe and continue building new stations to support housing growth around Drury.

Improvements to the Southern Line, including the construction of a third main line in the busiest section of South Auckland to reduce congestion by separating commuter and freight trains, will also be carried out. Work will be carried out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in certain areas, KiwiRail said.

Gordan said these projects will help maximize the benefits of the future city rail link across Auckland and reduce carbon emissions in the city.

“Passengers will benefit from better access to the network as well as faster and more frequent services. The improved network will also provide more resilient and faster freight services and support more Kiwi businesses putting their goods on rail,” Gordon said.

“It is difficult to deliver these transformation projects on a live network with trains running day and night. We understand that stopping trains will impact city train riders and we apologize for that.”

During the Labor weekend, crews will work at several locations, including Waitematā (Britomart); New market; Westfield and Wiri junctions; between Papakura and Pukekohe and at Pukekohe station.

City Rail Link works will continue at Maungawhau/Mt Eden; earthworks, tree pruning and removal of non-native trees will also be carried out in the rail corridor from Quay Park (at the entrance to Auckland Ports along Tamaki Drive).

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