Crossing Over For RWC2011
Phew! Back to train nerd posts that won’t attract the media’s glaze!
One of the key projects being worked on by Auckland rail workers during this weekend is a new crossover between tracks at Morningside Station.
The crossover will allow trains to leave from both platforms after the RWC matches.
There are ‘game day train stations’ for major events at Eden Park.
Morningside is the Eden Park game day station for people travelling to and from the west.
Kingsland is the game day station for people coming from and going back to Britomart, and using the Southern and Eastern Lines
In February, trains running in the same direction on both rail lines was attempted at Kingsland for the first time after a Blues match. This meant trains could leave Kingsland Station every five minutes from alternate platforms as crowds leave the game for the city.
Approximately 200m from the station trains crossed back to the track used for normal services. Trains ran west from Morningside Station after the game.
The new set up is part of Kiwirail’s major upgrades to tracks and signals in recent months.
And work going on on the city-bound section:
There are still remnants around the Kingsland station this afternoon of patrons’ drinking from last night’s Blues game!
Kingsland station itself is closed off as foundation work continues around the area where there will be canopies covering RWC match-goers from any wind and rain.
I have really grown to love like the Billy Apple created space on the corner of Walters Rd that at first had looked a bit like a cross between a hopscotch game and a mini golf course.
Well done to the local board at the time that did their best to create interesting spaces with the Council’s demands which sadly included making the Wairepo walkway to Eden park a shared space not pedestrian only.