Auckland’s rail network stations will be expanded to take 9-carriage trains instead of the planned 6, in a future-proofing agreed yesterday by Auckland Council & the Government.
The price hasn’t been disclosed, and won’t be while the tender process to procure the work is underway. Auckland Council said yesterday exact costs would be known more precisely early next year once tenders are received.
The council’s governing body voted overwhelmingly to expand the scope of work to cater for increased capacity requirements of the city rail link, and Cabinet approved it yesterday as well. City rail link costs are shared equally between the 2.
The increase in scope follows a new estimate that peak capacity will be 50% greater than originally estimated – up from 36,000 passengers/hour at the peak to 54,000.
A council-government partnership, City Rail Link Ltd, is in charge of a construction programme that will make the downtown Britomart station a through station instead of a dead end. New stations at Aotea (Albert & Victoria Sts) & Karangahape Rd will be on the route round to a revamped Mt Eden station.
Consequences from the future-proofing for the city rail link:
- Wider tunnels
- Longer platforms at new stations to cater for the 9-carriage trains
- A second entrance from the Karangahape Rd station, and
- Associated station work.
Auckland mayor Phil Goff said: “Last year we achieved the milestone of 20 million passenger trips/year, 4 years ahead of schedule.
“The growth in popularity of rail travel in Auckland required council to take the decision today to increase our investment in the city rail link and expand new rail stations to cater for the huge number of people who will be commuting by rail in the next 10 years.
“Getting the work done now while the rail link is still under construction will avoid retrofitting the system, which would double the cost and require the tunnels to be closed for 2 years for widening within a decade of it being opened.”
Transport Minister Phil Twyford said increasing investment would ensure that when the rail link opens in 2024 Aucklanders get a modern & efficient rail service that benefits the entire transport network for decades to come: “A decade of under-investment in transport infrastructure has brought Auckland to a near standstill.
“Today’s decision has allowed us to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past when, within 10 years of opening the Auckland Harbour Bridge, it had to be expanded from 4 lanes to 8.”
Link: City rail link
Attribution: Council release.