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Physical preparations are starting for Auckland's $1 billion-plus rail electrification project, with the deepening of a tunnel under Newmarket's main street.
Railway tracks being duplicated beneath Broadway - part of a $70 million project to provide Newmarket with a new station - have to be laid deep enough to leave room in the tunnel for overhead power lines.
Diggers this week started scooping earth and rock from the floor of the 80m tunnel to give it a 5.5m height clearance through its passage under Broadway, Davis Cres and a multi-storey parking building sandwiched between the two streets...
...Ontrack project director Ted Calvert said they were spending about $50 million on the main Newmarket project, leaving it to the transport authority to pay for the new station building.
But his organisation will also spend about $20 million duplicating the western line between Kingdon St and Boston Rd, and building another new station between Khyber Pass Rd and Park Rd to give passengers easier access to facilities such as the Auckland City Hospital and the Domain...
...The Broadway tunnel is the first of about 40 structures straddling the Auckland rail network which need modifications before electric trains can start running between Papakura and Swanson by 2013.
The New Zealand Herald
Friday October 05, 2007
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