Parnell Station Moves Forward

 

Auckland Council today approved an extension of a railway designation into the Auckland Domain to allow a lowering of tracks for electrification and the construction of a Parnell rail station.

But the project seems to be getting later. We won’t be seeing the station until 2013 just before the first new electric EMUs arrive.

The council says work on the actual station won’t start until Christmas next year (2012).

The Auckland Transport application for the extension covers a 538m strip of land alongside the existing rail line, covering 2954m2.

A decision to grant landowner approval of the designation was necessary to allow track-lowering works to start before Christmas.

The station at the foothills of the Domain alongside Mainline Steam’s depot was to be open about September next year.

The timetable from now is:

  • December 2 obtain regulatory approval for the alteration to designation.
  • 2 December 2011 – 9 December undertake any pre-commencement requirements e.g. construction noise management plan, herpetofaunal mitigation plan.
  • 10 December contractors on site for preparatory works.
  • 17 December 2011 to 17 January 2012 shut down period (block-of-line) for enabling works.
  • Christmas period 2012/2013 Newmarket Station to be relocated to the site, platforms and associated works to be constructed.
  • 2013 electrification of the railway

 

Parnell station design

Councillor Sandra Coney, chairperson of the council’s Auckland Domain Rail Corridor Designation Committee, says the station project with its new connections to the Domain, Parnell and the CBD will kick-start the revitalisation and restoration of the valley.”

“We’re assured that works will be carefully carried out to ensure minimal disruption to the Domain environment,” said Councillor Coney. “The committee’s approval requested careful landscaping and general improvement of the area with much better access to Parnell and the Domain.”

 

Parnell station will go here

The committee required that Auckland Transport engaged with Maori over the plans as the additional works surrounding the station were developed.

The Council says there will be no effect on archaeological sites in the area.

Further agreements between the council, Auckland Transport and New Zealand Railways Corporation have to be settled regarding the construction and operation of the railway station.

At last estimate made public , the full station and necessary track work will cost $14m.The old Newmarket station building will be relocated to the site to add to its heritage theme at a  cost of $1.10m.

The work involves:

  • Lowering the track by a maximum depth of approximately 1.75m over a length of 600m in order to achieve a 1:80 grade for station platforms;
  • One retaining structure on the eastern side of the track (within the existing designation);
  •  Two retaining structures up to 4m on the western side of the track, portions of which are location outside the existing designation boundary and within the proposed alteration area (i.e. on Domain land);
  • Batter slopes located on the existing and extended designation i.e. including on the Auckland Domain land;
  • Formalising drainage systems located on the existing and extended designation i.e. including on the Auckland Domain land;
  • Track realignment including shifting the track up to 1.8m east (away from the Auckland Domain) to accommodate the station platforms, while maintaining the existing use of Mainline Steam;
  • Closure of the existing pedestrian underpass which provides access to/from Auckland Domain and construction of a new underpass approximately 60m to the north and formation of new connecting pedestrian path on the Auckland Domain;
  • Earthworks involving 17,000m
  • Vegetation clearance to provide for the above works. This comprises native and exotic species, native understorey shrubs, grasses, open grass and weed areas.

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8 Comments

 
  1. rtc says:

    Why is this project already slipping?

  2. Anthony says:

    14 million dollars…….?

    My jaw just hit the ground.

  3. BD says:

    Thats outragious, I thought the project was going to start Chrismas this year! or was it the second half of next year. How come public transport projects get delayed and motorway projects get brought forward, even unproposed ones get brought ahead of long awaited ones. I’m going to enjoy the next year years of hell with imcumbent National!!!!

  4. Matt L says:

    It sounds like the track works that need to happen first are still happening this christmas with the actual station construction starting later

    Anthony – they have to regrade about 1km of track, thats not a cheap job to do.

  5. Matt L says:

    It sounds like the track works that need to happen first are still happening this christmas with the actual station construction starting later. It wouldn’t surprise me if the station ends up sitting finished for months until the EMUs start running, after all that’s kind of what’s happened with Manukau.

    Anthony – they have to regrade about 1km of track, thats not a cheap job to do.

  6. DanC says:

    Is there a proposed timetable for when Auckland trains go electric? Or a mention of frequencies? Thanks

  7. Geoff says:

    The EMU’s will enter service from 2014, with the last in 2016.

  8. Matt L says:

    Dan – Frequencies at peak times will be the same as they will be from Feb onwards, 6 trains per hour on the Western, Eastern and Southern lines and 2 per hour on the Onehunga line. They can’t increase frequencies further due to Britomart being at capacity for train movements (the trains will get longer though with most of them equivalent to a 7 car train today).

 

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