KiwiRail Planning Auckland and Wellington Work During Christmas Break

A passenger train prepares to enter Auckland’s Britomart Station in November 2019. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

More than 1,300 people will be out on the tracks in Auckland and Wellington over the Christmas break, making progress on rail improvement projects and undertaking essential maintenance.

The Auckland metro rail network will be closed to commuter trains from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, and the Wellington network will be closed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 3 for KiwiRail’s annual network shutdowns.

KiwiRail Chief Operating Officer – Capital Projects David Gordon says the Christmas holiday period gives KiwiRail a dedicated period to progress major rail improvement projects and undertake essential routine maintenance to keep trains running.

“More than $1.5 billion is being invested to improve the Auckland rail network ahead of the City Rail Link beginning operations, and more than $600 million to support growing patronage on the Wellington network,” Gordon said.

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