First passengers ride Auckland's Manukau Rail Link

Mr. RSS Apr 22, 2012

  1. Mr. RSS

    Mr. RSS Administrator

    NEW ZEALAND: Passenger services on Auckland's first new rail route for 82 years began on April 15, following a preview day with station tours, train rides, face painting, music and celebrity sausage sizzle on April 14.An inaugural train carrying the Mayor of Auckland had broken a ribbon at Manukau station on April 4.The 2 km branch from the Southern Line at Puhinui runs alongside State Highway 20 to Davies Avenue in central Manukau, where the station has been built 6 m below ground level in a 300 m long trench. This to be covered by the NZ$95m Manukau Tertiary Centre education campus and bus interchange which is now under construction. Construction of the double-track line was managed by KiwiRail, with Leighton Works as main contractor and NZ Transport Agency providing significant funding. Veolia Transport provides an hourly train service, increasing to three trains/h in the peaks. Traffic is predicted to reach 600 000 passengers/year after the campus is completed in 2013, making it the second business station in Auckland after Britomart.


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