Easter Rail Shutdown Starts


A big long weekend of rail development work kicked off this morning in both Auckland and Wellington.

While most businesses have today off,  workers were already on the job at 6am around Boston Rd this morning on the Easter rail development work  around the new Grafton station.

Most Auckland and Wellington train services are off for Easter , replaced by buses - apart from the brief time Wellington services will cater for Hurricanes rugby fans today.

No so for rugby fans in Auckland, where bus services are the lot for Blues game patrons tomorrow.

Good Friday is one of the few days a year no services run anyway.

The main work in Auckland in the next few days:

  • ballasting and signals commissioning at Grafton Station
  • second track work around that area
  • tamping, ballasting and de-stressing from Sarawia St up to the Parnell Tunnel
  • construction continuing inside New Lynn trench
  • Level crossing upgrade at Manuroa Rd, Manurewa
  • Old platform removals at Manurewa station and Tironui
  • Installation of a new diamond at Westfield Junction
  • The main Auckland road disruption will be around Victoria Park where the historic Freemans Bay Culvert, built around 1900 to channel a stream from Western Park, will be relocated as part of preparation work for the building of the Victoria Park tunnel.

Wellington’s Easter rail work will be mainly around the Wellington central railway station preparing for the new ocerhead wires and electrification upgrade.

In Christchurch, it’s tram work - the city intersection of Colombo Street and Hereford Street will be closed for almost a week, including over Easter to allow tram tracks to be laid.

Auckland Easter rail work - the second track

Victoria Park tunnel work

Where to avoid driving in Auckland -and road works around the northern region

Wellington rail work details

Christchurch tram work details




  1. Lindis says:

    Thanks for the update, Jon! As a resident living very close to the tracks I’m relieved we’ll get a break from the clanging of the signal bells. They scare the Easter Bunny!

  2. William M says:

    As I speak, Tironui’s platforms are being removed. Wrong line running is in operation from Papakura to Wiri; just saw a freight run come through actually…

  3. John Dalley says:

    Once Grafton is double tracked, is that the Western Line finished?

  4. Matt L says:

    John D - No, there is still New Lynn to finish. They have put one track in the trench already and are working towards putting the second in the second track in June. Then the double tracking will have been completed :-) but it won’t be until September that the Station building and bus interchange are finished.

  5. Jon C says:

    @John There is only a 3km stretch of track between Avondale and Titirangi Rd left to go. That will happen in a rail shutdown over Queens Birthday weekend at the start of June.

  6. Paul Quinlan says:

    Jon, does the old Tironui platform removal and the replacement of shelters at Takanini mean that Takanini is not being retained? There was news a rew years ago that it was to be closed and replaced with one closer to the old Tironui.

  7. Robin G says:

    What is the situation at Drury on the Southern Line? Are there any plans to re-establish a station there?

  8. Jon C says:

    @Robin G No sorry


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