Auck Electric Trains Not Til 2014
Auckland’s new electric trains won’t be running on the network until 2014.
That’s the latest estimate by KiwiRail in its update on the state of the electrification project.
The first units will arrive from mid-2013 but KiwiRail does not expect the trains to be operational for commuters until sometime in 2014.
The same has happened with Matangi trains some of which have arrived here but will not start running until some weeks time at non peak hours on one line only as training and testing of the new trains continue.
The tenders bidding to build them, expected to be a Chinese company, are still being “evaluated.”
For the technically minded and those interested here is their latest report:
Most OPWs obtained. Those awaiting finalisation of OLE design -Britomart, Causeway/ Orakei and Papakura
Bridge raising and lowering at 24 sites. Completion ofremaining 3 bridges and 6 footbridges this and next year. Ameti involved with Mountain Road, NZTA with Ellerslie footbridge
$90m contract with Invensys Rai. Onehunga, Newmarket -Morningside and Quay-Britomart finished. Newmarket-Penrose will be done at Easter. Westfield-Wiri finished in July. All work done by early next year.
Traction & Power supply
$150m contract. 25kV overhead power system form Transpower (2 separate supply points), AECOM 90% complete with overhed line design. Construction is a joint venture with Hawkins & Lang O’Rourke. The focus is on foundations. The masts across the causeway and Orakei will aim for some “aesthetic’ impact.
New train tenders
EOIs – being evaluated – a 2-envelope system.(a two-envelope system is composed of one envelope containing the Technical and Management Proposal and the second envelope containing the Financial proposal).