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Improvements at Otahuhu will support better services for people travelling between Auckland’s south and west when the City Rail Link opens

Otahuhu improvements start for City Rail Link

KiwiRail is starting to build a new section of rail line to the third platform at Otahuhu Station in Auckland’s south as part of wider rail infrastructure improvements to prepare the network for the City Rail Link.


Over the next 11 months, KiwiRail will construct the new 1.3 km long section of track alongside the main line, four new cross-overs to allow trains to switch between tracks, and new overhead line and signal equipment between Otahuhu Station and Portage Road. 

The work will allow a third platform to be used at Otahuhu Station for improved train services when the City Rail Link opens in 2024. 

The start of work is welcomed by City Rail Link Ltd’s chief executive Dr Sean Sweeney. “It’s another important step forward for the City Rail Link and the huge changes it will make to allow people to travel around the city more easily,” he says.

KiwiRail’s acting chief executive Todd Moyle says KiwiRail is proud to create stronger connections through a modern and more efficient transport network for Auckland. “KiwiRail keeps cities moving, connects workers to cities sustainably, and enables 34 million low-carbon commuter journeys each year. We have ambitious plans for New Zealand’s transport future, and the City Rail Link is part of this,” Mr Moyle says. 

Better services

The Otahuhu improvements will support better services for people travelling between Auckland’s south and west when the City Rail Link opens.

KiwiRail staff and its contractor, Total Rail Solutions, will deliver most of its Otahuhu works during weekday business hours. Some work will be completed during weekends and public holidays when there are no trains running and the overhead lines are shut off. Auckland Transport will upgrade Otahuhu Station.

The Otahuhu works are the latest in a series of upgrades on Auckland’s rail network connected to the City Rail Link. Upgrades were completed at The Strand in Parnell earlier this year, and other work is planned at Henderson and Newmarket.  

The City Rail Link includes construction of twin 3.45 km long rail tunnels between the current dead-end station at Britomart in the CBD and the existing Mt Eden station on the Western Line, and two underground stations. 

It is the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in New Zealand, and when it opens it will double the capacity of Auckland’s rail network to carry up to 54,000 passengers an hour at peak times.

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