Much of the rail network goes back into action tomorrow after being closed for two weeks, although critically the eastern line and Britomart remain closed so trains will terminate at Newmarket for another two weeks with bus services running from there and Grafton to town. Here are some photos from Wednesday last week byAlex Burgess of some of the works that have taken place. You can see some more here and some from Geoff Blackmore here. Also don’t forget that the new penalty fares for HOP come in tomorrow.
First up at Papakura where the station upgrade continues and will be finished at around Easter.
While not technically part of the rail shutdown works, here is the progress on the MIT campus being built above the Manukau station.
And at Papatoetoe, what is odd about this one is the placement of the gantry which appears to be off centre from the platfrom and potentially in the way of people waiting for trains. It also hasn’t been coloured dark grey like the masts and gantries at other stations in order to match the light and canopy poles. In the second image you can also see how the other gantry on the has been placed quite far away from the tracks, this is to allow room for the third main to be put through here at a later date without everything having to be changed around.
Quite a bit of physical work has been going on around Otahuhu where the tracks are being realigned to create the start of the third main as well as improving connections so that freight trains don’t cause as many delays as they have in the past when they join/leave the network.
And lastly at Mt Albert where construction of the new pedestrian entry from Carrington Rd is underway