How’s the New Timetable?


I’m getting lots of emails from train commuters complaining about a return to the bad old days (not so old) of being held up going into the Britomart tunnel .

This has happened since the new timetable and new Onehunga services were introduced a week ago.

Has anyone else noticed such a trend especially at peak hour?

It will be interested to see the performance for the month - although by then such statistics will be the property of Auckland Transport so who knows if it will ever be made public.

I have had a few late trains but haven’t noticed anything major.

Of course we should not be surprised if this is happening - as Britomart is at such capacity, it needs that CBD rail tunnel / loop.

Goodness know what will happen if 10 minute trains on the western line happen along with other timetable improvements next February.




  1. Matt L says:

    I have noticed it a few times although it more commonly seems to be eastern line trains being held up for the train I was on. Also remember that over Christmas they will upgrade the signaling at Britomart that should allow more trains per hour through the area.

  2. Andrew says:

    I catch the train from the Manurewa station in the morning and the trains are nearly always late pulling into the station. And with the lack of announcements I’m surprised mire people aren’t getting on board the wrong trains

  3. rtc says:

    The bidirectional signalling in the Britomart tunnel which will be installed over Xmas should help resolve many of these issues in the short term.

  4. Joshua says:

    key word from rtc’s comment, SHORT TERM, as although it will improve, in February, Britomart will pretty much be at capacity, So sooner the tunnel the better.

  5. Ian says:

    Two lines into Britomart is never going to work. The tunnel is needed now.

  6. Nick R says:

    A single track flyover from the down in the tunnel to the Parnell branch down would go a long way to sorting out problems.
    Presumably running a fleet of all EMUs would help too if they are quicker to brake and accellerate.


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