Auckland Rail’s Big Day -Grafton, Double Tracking Opens - In Photos


An afternoon to celebrate.
Auckland gets a shiny nice-looking Grafton train station, light years in looks away from the old style Auckland train station - and the difficult Western Line duplication work ticks off the Kyhber Pass section which included two new railbridges.

The transport minister Steven Joyce, Auckland Mayor John Banks, ARC, ARTA and KiwiRail representatives were among those gathered at the Park Road station to celebrate.
Here’s how it looked:

Train at the new Grafton train station

Train passing through the new Grafton train station

Transport Minister Steven Joyce sticks to orange juice

Auckland mayor John banks arrives, a visitor from Herne Bay and others

Singers greet people at the Grafton train opening ceremony

Singers perform train songs like "Midnight Train To Georgia"


Videos and photos: First commuter train arrives at Grafton train station

Steven Joyce unveils plaque

Station looks stunning

Goodbye Boston Rd train station , Hello World class Newmarket -are railway stations

Videos- Steven Joyce opening Grafton says  good transport boosts Auckland’s economy

Various speeches

Mike Lee’s speech




  1. Jeremy Harris says:

    Of the four “big” stations New Lynn, Manukau, Newmarket and this one I have to say this my favourite… So well done, I’m impressed and think the ridership numbers will be interesting…

  2. Jimmy says:

    I must say, I’ve already noticed improvements this week on western line time-keeping.
    Haha, John Banks expression is great: “Mmmm.. It actually looks pretty good….”

  3. Matt L says:

    John’s look is pretty good.

  4. max says:

    I don’t really consider it a “big” station at all. Midsize and also in future usage levels, I’d say. Can change once Lion Brewery is intensified, though.


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