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Trains have returned to the tracks at Britomart Station after it was closed for three weeks so repairs and replacements of worn line could take place.
KiwiRail's David Gordon said a new scissor track crossing was installed in the station’s tunnel and worn line was replaced between Newmarket and the CBD.
He described the temporary closure as necessary to get a “boosted workforce” into critical inner parts of Auckland’s train network which are near impossible to access when trains are running.
A total of six kilometres of worn rail was fixed, while two turnouts between Newmarket and Britomart were replaced.
Gordon said this section of line was a “major highway” in the network, carrying most of the city's trains.
“On the average day, more than 350 trains travel on this section of line, so we made the most the shutdown and worked 24/7 to make sure trains could return to Britomart today, as scheduled.”
In September, the downtown Britomart terminus was closed for a day for urgent track repairs.
Gordon said passenger trains had returned to other sections of the network last Monday, following a 16-day network wide shutdown over the Christmas/New Year period.
“The Christmas holiday shutdown enabled us to replace 18km of worn rail which is the equivalent distance of driving from Britomart to Ōtāhuhu.”
Thanks to more than 200 rail staff and contractors on over that time, preliminary work to electrify line at Papakura and Pukekohe was completed and the first stage of main works was completed at Westfield and Wiri junctions.
This article first appeared on www.stuff.co.nz
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