Ellerslie Train Station To be Shifted
NZTA plans to reconfigure State Highway One to install a fourth lane, city bound direction and the local council board has been advised that this will require shifting Ellerslie Train station and platforms to fit the fourth lane. (Hat tip Joel).
The local board has been told that at the same time, Ellerslie station will be upgraded to be ready for Auckland’s electric trains.
The station runs alongside the Southern Motorway.
There has been no official announcement of the details but sources say this will involve:
- Moving the platforms
- New lift and stairs to connect both pedestrian bridges to the station platform
- A new lift to give mobility users access to Kalmia Street
- New shelter and lighting, CCTV, PA system and the tag off integrated ticketing machine being repositioned
- Reconfiguring shelter and other rail infrastructure
Night work is apparently scheduled to begin November 1 after the RWC and won’t finish until next March with much of it happening during the month-long Christmas train shutdown.
Trains will continue to run as scheduled except during the Christmas network shutdown.
The pedestrian bridge from the town centre to station will temporarily close and pedestrians will need to use the existing underpass.
NZTA is leading the project and it’s said the cost of reconfiguring the station is being picked up by NZTA.
And in another big project, the Orakei rail bridge construction will start in early December.
Preliminary works to move utilities were completed in August.