Three new stations will be added to the southern train network, as the population of southern Auckland continues to grow.
With more than 40,000 new homes built and 38,000 new jobs planned for the next 30 years, KiwiRail is committed to building two stations in Drury and one in Paerata.
All stations will be on the existing railway line, with Drury Central located south of Waihoehoe Rd, between Flanagan and Great South roads; Drury West station about 450 m south of the existing intersection of SH22 / Karaka Rd and Jesmond Rd; and the Paerata station adjacent to the planned eastern extension of the Paerata Rise development.
There is no timeline yet, but over the next few weeks officials will meet with stakeholders and community members to find out what they think about the proposed sites and what they want from the new stations.
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The locations of the new stations are designed to maximize connections to future urban centers, new homes and other public transportation routes, KiwiRail’s David Gordon said.
“There’s a lot of work left to do, but this announcement is an important milestone,” Gordon said.
“In the coming weeks and months we will investigate more closely the planned locations for the new stations and talk to communities, local owners and developers.”
Meanwhile, work is continuing on a $ 315 million rail line south of Auckland, and the third major rail line is due to be completed by 2024.
This work is part of a $ 933 million package for the Auckland rail network announced in early 2020 in New Zealand’s $ 12 billion government upgrade program.
The Wiri project at Quay Park will provide an additional 5.2 miles of runway to remove a bottleneck along the North Island’s main trunk line section, according to Waka Kotahi NZ Transportation Agency ( NZTA).
The project will also add capacity for the city’s rail connection and the new commuter service being developed from Hamilton to Auckland.
On the horizon is also the expected electrification of the network between Papakura and Pukekohe, which will be completed in 2024.