No trains in Auckland this weekend

Last updated 08:47 12/07/2012
Auckland rail

LAST STOP: Trains will not be operating in Auckland while work is done to upgrade the tracks.

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Auckland's rail network will come to a halt this weekend so major work to upgrade stations and electrify the rail network can be carried out.  

Buses will replace the rail service and special timetables will be in place.

Full details are at the Maxx website and also at stations.

The work includes track maintenance, graffiti removal, vegetation control and drilling to relocate utility cables. Some work will involve diggers and rock breaking.

In preparation for electric trains, there will be construction of foundations and potholing for masts to run electric wires as well as earthing and bonding to ready station platforms along the southern line.

Existing structures will be demolished at Papakura station, and excavation and drainage work will be done.

Two retaining walls are being built under the bridge for the Orakei basin walkway. When completed in August, the 170m long walkway will extend the current path from under the rail bridge to the station footbridge.

At the new Mountain Rd bridge, KiwiRail will complete finishing works and landscaping.

On the western line, overhead wires will be installed from Baldwin Station to New Lynn Station. New canopies will also be fitted at New Lynn station offering more weather protection for passengers.

Auckland transport said they scheduled work to minimise disruption to peak-hour commuter services.  

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