Auckland's electric trains on track

19:23, Oct 03 2012
Electric train
TRACKING WELL: A mock-up of Auckland's new electric trains on display at MOTAT.

Production of Auckland's fleet of electric trains is running ahead of schedule and the first will arrive here in August next year. 

In a report to Auckland Council's Transport Committee today it was confirmed the first train would leave Spain in June and arrive here two months later.

Production of the trains began last month and is two weeks ahead of schedule, the meeting was told. 

"Aucklanders can look forward to seeing the first electric train on the tracks within a year and that will just add to their appetite for faster, quieter, more efficient and more comfortable trains," committee chairman Mike Lee said. 

Auckland Transport will receive all 57 trains by mid 2015.

Meanwhile "good progress" was being made on the electrification of the city's rail network, with KiwiRail on target to have the necessary infrastructure in place by the time the first train arrived. 

Resignalling has been completed, wires are up on the Onehunga line and on the western line from Swanson to Avondale, and 75 per cent of the mast foundations required are in place.

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