Auckland rail upgrade
Over the past five years, patronage on Auckland’s trains has more than doubled, rising to over 7.5 million passenger journeys per annum. This number is forecast to continue to grow strongly. In addition, significant investment has been made by both regional and central government in redeveloping Auckland’s rail network. This includes track works, upgrading stations and the building of carriage trains to meet the increased demand for rail travel.
Overhead rail wires are now live
9 September 2013
In preparation for the arrival of new electric trains, overhead wires on Auckland’s rail network are now live. They will be live 24/7 and are 100 times more powerful than your home power supply: carrying 25,000 volts.
KiwiRail, in partnership with AT and Transdev, is running a campaign to promote safety around overhead wires. The theme of this campaign is ‘no second chances’.
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|This song, written and recorded by train driver Lawrence Foakes, supported by his employer Veolia Transport Auckland, aims to educate young children about safe behaviour around trains, along railway tracks and at stations. The song was released |
to coincide with Rail Safety Week 2012.
Upgrading rail stations
Auckland Transport is working towards upgrading the region’s rail stations to accommodate longer trains and greater passenger numbers, improve security and information, and to meet disability access standards.
The new rail stations all have modern shelters and seating, CCTV security monitoring, emergency help points, improved lighting, improved access for the mobility impaired, safety markings including yellow tactile strips strategically placed on platform for the visually impaired, public address system, information display boards showing timetable information and way finding signage/maps.
Further information is available on this site on Auckland's new passenger trains (Electronic Multiple Units), the electrification of the rail network in Auckland to coincide with the new passenger units trains, and details of the station upgrade programme.
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