AUCKLAND’s City Rail Link moved a step closer to completion with integration of the 11km new line’s signalling systems with the existing rail network. The installation was completed during a weekend shutdown of the network, when the overhead line equipment (OHLE) was also energised for the first time between Papakura and Pukekohe.

The signalling work was carried out by KiwiRail and Link Alliance on behalf of City Rail Link and included implementing signalling updates at Morningside, Newmarket, Quay Park and Waitematā (Britomart) and Penrose.

KiwiRail also carried out the Papakura to Pukekohe energisation, while Rail Network Rebuild was responsible for work between Papakura and Pukekohe, Middlemore station upgrades and work on the new western power feed to improve resilience of the rail network.

“This was a critical step towards completion of the project,” says City Rail Link CEO, Dr Sean Sweeney. “It has helped bring the finishing line and all the benefits a completed CRL will give Aucklanders that much closer.”