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Train work well on track

KARINA ABADIA
Last updated 05:00 07/03/2014
Electric Rail
NEAR COMPLETION: Auckland Electrification Project director Nicholas French says going electric is an exciting development in public transport.

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Work to prepare for the electrification of Auckland's rail network is on target with the installation of overhead wires along the eastern line expected to be completed by mid July.

Just over 500km of wire is being installed by KiwiRail along the network from Swanson in the west to Papakura in the south.

On the eastern line only the Mt Wellington to Westfield Junction section still needs to be put in place, Auckland Electrification Project director Nicholas French says.

The next step will be to go through a process to test the lines before they are signed off as operational. With the installation of the live wires, there are important safety messages to consider, Mr French says.

Height restrictions have been introduced at the 31 level crossings on Auckland roads within the electrified area.

At most level crossings, the height restriction will be 5 metres, but 11 will have a reduced height restriction of 4.25m.

Roadside signs will warn people of the risks of getting too close and display the height restriction at that level crossing. There are also anti-climbing guards and screens in place to deter people from coming into contact with wires.

The first passenger services using the electric trains will start on the Onehunga to Britomart line on April 28 and will be up and running on the eastern line in the latter part of the year.

Go to kiwirail.co.nz and click on Auckland Rail Electrification for information.

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- East And Bays Courier

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