I went through Avondale and New Lynn today, so decided to take just a few photos showing progress on the upgrades to the train stations in both these suburbs. I think most of the current focus is on getting the areas around Newmarket and Grafton sorted out, as there weren’t a huge number of workers around, but it is clear that progress is being made on these upgrades during the rail shutdown period.
This photo is taken at Avondale looking west towards the St Jude’s Street level crossing. In the foreground is where the future Avondale station is being constructed. I think this station will open around the middle of the year, and will provide excellent access to and from the Avondale town centre.
This photo is from the same spot but looking the other way. It looks like the large, oddly shaped, pieces of concrete are what make up the base of the rail platforms. Judging by the fact that they’re lying all over the tracks, I assume these will be put in place over the next short while. Which means that by the time the Western Line is operational again (January 18th) the platforms for Avondale station should be largely completed.
This photo looks west once again, and shows exactly where the limit of double-tracking is now located. I wonder if Ontrack will take the opportunity of this rail shutdown to extend that limit further west, and minimise the length of single-track that remains between Avondale and New Lynn. I know that a lot of double-track has been constructed on the other side of St Jude Street, but it just hasn’t been hooked up yet.
Now at New Lynn, this photo looks west from where pedestrians cross at the rather bizarre Clark Street/Rankin Ave/Totara Ave intersection. As you can see the trench is now pretty much completed, and this photo shows what a particularly large job that was. All that seems necessary now is to lay the track, and to build the future New Lynn train station.
This photo looks the other way, towards where the future New Lynn train station will be located. I think that the big concrete slab over the trench is part of the future train station. It will certainly be fun watching this station be constructed over the next few months. Opening is in the middle of the year I think.
Things are certainly progressing quite well. Hopefully in the next couple of days I’ll have the opportunity to visit the Newmarket/Grafton area and take a few pics of what’s going on there. For more updates, Jon at Aucklandtrains.co.nz seems to be spending his entire holidays taking photos of the rail works going on around Auckland, so has regular updates.