Parnell Train Station Work Starts
Initial work for the planned Parnell railway station began this morning.
This involves lowering and re-aligning the tracks where the station will be – at the foot of the Domain off Cheshire St where the Mainline Steam Depot is.
The project will cost $19.2m.
The track is being lowered to enable the appropriate grade for the station platforms.
The works continue over the next month, as part of the Christmas rail disruptions.
The station should be finished mid-2013.
The new station will include the old Newmarket station building, which was removed for the construction of the present revamped station, is in storage in Henderson.
It is in two sections and will need to be re-joined after the move to its new home Parnell. That will cost $1.1m to achieve. Mainline Steam is keen to use some of the building for its offices.
The track lowering needed to be done pre-electrification.
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.
An existing underpass to the Domain also has to be removed and replaced.
Three weeks ago, Auckland Council approved an extension of a railway designation into the Auckland Domain to allow the lowering of tracks.
The Auckland Transport application for the extension covers a 538m strip of land alongside the existing rail line, covering 2954m2.
The ARC has pushed for a heritage station there for years.
Parnell Inc, the Parnell business group, came up with its idea and found a champion in ARC Chair Mike Lee who has continued to push for it.