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Wellington commuter rail secures funding [free access]

October 9, 2018

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council have announced plans to invest a total of NZD196 million to upgrade the track infrastructure of the Wairarapa Line and increase capacity of the commuter rail network in Wellington. The investment is a part of the government’s NZD4-billion package for public transport, rapid rail, and rail. Work is expected to commence in April 2019.

 

A total of NZD50 million will be used to upgrade the track infrastructure of the Wairarapa Line and NZD46.2 million to develop one rail line south of the Rimutaka Hill tunnel, including double-tracking between Trentham and Upper Hutt. The Wairarapa Line spans 171.5 km from Wellington to Woodville, covering 27 stations.

 

The NZTA will invest NZD193 million through the National Land Transport Fund and the Greater Wellington Regional Council will invest NZD3 million to improve stations as part of the Trentham - Upper Hutt double tracking project.

 

(1 NZD [New Zealand Dollar] = 0.64 USD)