Video , Photos - Grafton Train Station’s First Commuter Train


First commuter train arrives at Grafton train station

The first commuter train to use the Grafton station rolled into the new platforms at 7.48am this morning.

The Western-Line train was city bound.

First commuters board at Grafton train station

This marks the start of the use of Auckland’s newest rail station - and the end of nearby Boston Road.

Here’s a video of the first commuter train to stop and leave Grafton:

About 20 minutes, later, the first West-bound train arrived at the shiny new Park Road station.

The station still smells fresh!

BTW,I still love these murals!

Also today marked :

  • The use of the new Western Line duplication stretch in the Khyber Pass area. The last stretch between Avondale and  Titirangi Road will be done at Queen’s Birthday weekend.
  • A new amended train timetable for the Western Line , which allows for extra minutes at Newmarket station and changes the location of the weeknight peaktime express to new Lynn from Newmarket to Grafton
  • Buses stopping outside the Park Road station. This means additional bus services will take advantage of the Central Connector by using the Grafton Bridge route.  As a result, there will be some bus stop changes if you catch the bus from the Symonds Street overbridge.

Buses cross Grafton bridge and stop outside the new Grafton station

A great historic day for Auckland transport! Welcome Grafton to the transport network.


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

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

Auckland’s big rail day in photos

Steven Joyce unveils plaque

Station looks stunning

Various speeches

Mike Lee’s speech




  1. CamBennett says:

    Looking good, i passed it on a train to Eden Park for the Blues game last night. A great addition to the network.

  2. Matt L says:

    You were up early Jon, the only thing I don’t understand is why the murals don’t extend the the length of the platform.

  3. patrick says:

    Hi Thanks for the video, intend to visit today

  4. Kel says:

    it’s surprising that the new station has no people in it ..

  5. Matt L says:

    Kel - Its a Sunday and Jon was there before 8am, most sane people are still at home ;-)

  6. Jon C says:

    @Matt L Damn, you’ve revealed the truth about my insanity. I have been trying to keep that hidden.

  7. Jeremy Harris says:

    Very groovy, looking forward to the completion of the double tracking now..!


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