THE CITIES OF WELLINGTON AND AUCKLAND EXPAND THE RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS TO OFFER MORE AND BETTER CONNECTIONS. FURTHERMORE, THE NEARBY SERVICES WILL BE REINFORCED, FOR WHICH IT IS ALSO POSED ACQUISITION OF NEW ROLLING STOCK.
Rail passenger transport is concentrated in the cities of Auckland and Wellington: Both have projects underway to strengthen their services. Also, in terms of passengers, transport authorities seek financing to expand the fleet of trains for suburban networks.
AUCKLAND: CITY RAIL LINK
Auckland will strengthen its transport network with the new “City Rail Link” (CRL) connection that will end in 2024. In the project, which has a budget of 4.4 billion New Zealand dollars (2,533 million euros) a new 3.5 kilometre dual-track tunnel will be built. The tour will be through the city centre, between Britomart transport facilities and Mount Eden station.
Precisely, the latter will be redesigned, will house four platforms and will be the exchange node with the new lines and branches of the Western network (Wetern Line). Additionally, two new stops, Aotea and Karangahape will be built.
WELLINGTON METROPOLITAN RAILWAY
The Wellington metropolitan rail network has a modernisation project underway to offer more and better services to users. Traffic in rush hour has grown by 17% over the last three years, so it is necessary to increase capacity, frequency and ensure modern and more efficient transport. The scheduled works will be carried out on the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Melling lines. In addition, the track between Trentham and Upper Hutt (Hutt Valley) will be doubled.
ROLLING STOCK FOR REGIONAL SERVICES
The Greater Wellington Regional Council plans to acquire a fleet of rolling stock in the face of increasing capacity requirements. The aim is to improve the rail network of the region. Amongst the lines that would have these new trains are those of Wairarapa, the Hutt Valley and Kapiti. Trains operating long distances between Wellington and Masterton and Wellington and Palmerston North require rearrangements to respond to an increase in user numbers.
To achieve this, the purchase of 15 new multiple units is proposed. The supply of this
additional rolling stock, scheduled for 2025, requires an investment of 415 million New Zealand dollars (237.2M).