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New Zealand state-owned enterprise KiwiRail has started track maintenance works amid the Covid-19 lockdown.
The work on the Eastern Line was undertaken due to reduced passenger traffic on the Auckland network.
Due to the lockdown, the passenger numbers have decreased significantly as passengers have been advised to avoid non-essential travel and follow social distancing.
KiwiRail has laid new rail spanning more than 4km on the heavily used line.
KiwiRail CEO Todd Moyle said: “We are able to use this time to carry out a great deal of work in a short timeframe. Normally, this work would need to be completed during weekends across several months.
“We’ve worked closely with Auckland Transport to arrange for this work to be done now so there will be a more reliable network for commuters once Covid-19 levels fall and businesses reopen.”
The work on the Eastern Line will be carried out from 18 to 27 April. The team will work to bring the worn track to optimum levels and will also replace some sections of rail from Glen Innes to Sylvia Park.
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