Work continues on Auckland’s Western (Rail) line


KiwiRail Chief Operating Officer – Rail Operations Siva Sivapakkiam:

KiwiRail is continuing work to fully reopen the Western Line from Auckland, and now expects this to happen after the network was closed over the Labor weekend.

One of the two tracks west of New Lynn station was closed last Tuesday (October 11) after a landslide was discovered under the tracks.

KiwiRail crews assessed the damage to the landslide site and set about repairing an overhead power pole and the retaining wall next to the track, as well as ensuring that the track and ballast (the rocks under the track) are suitable for use.

Geotechnical engineers have installed ground-based monitoring equipment at the site, but it needs to be in place for several days to collect enough data. Safety must be the priority and we must ensure that there is no more ground movement before reopening the track.

The entire Auckland Metro network, including the Western Line, is closed for our usual Labor weekend shutdown and geotechnical testing at the site will continue over the long weekend.

Although some commuter services have continued to operate on the Western Line since October 12, using the second lane, we appreciate the impact this has had on commuters. We thank the people of Auckland for their patience.

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