Cheers for the excellent update - don't suppose you know what progress is like at Waikanae?WellyWanderer wrote:Here are some photos taken today at Paraparaumu Station. The over-bridge was removed on Monday. Most of the underpass areas are in use, although there is still quite a bit of work to be done.
Park & ride at Pomare
Posted on 7 December 2010
Stokes Valley train commuters have a brand new 42-space carpark at Pomare Station which opened for business this week.
Up until now the only parking available for commuters who drive to the station has been on Eastern Hutt Road.
Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington’s Economic Wellbeing Committee, which includes public transport, hopes the carpark will encourage more people to drive to the station and then catch the train to their workplace destination, instead of driving all the way.
“Park & ride facilities are around the region are becoming increasingly popular and I’m sure Pomare will be no different.”
Cr Glensor paid special tribute to Hutt City Councillor Angus Finlayson for his efforts to make the land available for a carpark. “Cr Finlayson put in a lot of time and energy to enable this land, which Hutt City Council owns, to be leased to Greater Wellington for a peppercorn rental. Land near railway stations is scarce so we’re very grateful for this.”
Greater Wellington has spent $120,000 to create the carpark which includes lighting, a footpath and a traffic island in the middle of Eastern Hutt Road to make it easier for people to cross to and from the carpark at peak hour.
Greater Wellington provides park & ride facilities at about 40 stations around the region. Waterloo Interchange has more than 600 parking spaces, Woburn has about 260 and Petone has more than 300.
North South Junction upgrade is a huge engineering project
A largely-original, 125 year-old part of the North Island Main Trunk is being upgraded this summer, as part of a project that will improve freight train reliability and streamline the flow of trains in the area.
The North South Junction project is an intensive project, with a total of over 200 workers on 13 shifts a week – that’s every day shift and all nights except Friday. They’re working on a narrow train track, perched on the hill above State Highway 1 between Plimmerton and Pukerua Bay.
The project is in two steps – first, preparation work: stabilizing the hillside above the track, and drilling in anchors to secure the walls of four tunnels. The second step, to happen during the BOL from Boxing Day till January 9, will see the train tracks removed, the tunnel floors lowered, and the tracks relaid on new sleepers, creating greater clearances.
The work involves:
Project manager Daniel Headifen said the work was an example of different parts of the KiwiRail business working together to make things work efficiently and effectively.
- 1400m of new track (using approx 2000 timber sleepers);
- 861m of tunnel getting lowered and 2000m3 of rock removed from them;
- Approx half a million litres of grout pumped into voids behind the tunnel linings;
- Approx 1700 rock anchors in the tunnels;
- Approx 300 rock anchors between the tunnels;
- Approx 700 anchors on slopes adjacent to the tunnels; and
- Several hundred metres of retaining walls and rock protection fences.
“Freight have altered their timetables to create work windows for us, enabling the trains to bunch up to go through the site. Metro have been great to give us plenty of breaks for work. They have been really flexible about what time they can give us.”
He said the work was being done at the same time as other work in WRRP and through the night to minimize the length of time commuters had to suffer disruptions.
Twenty bridges in the Wairarapa were also being upgraded or repaired as a consequence of the North South Junction work as freight trains will be diverted down the Wairarapa Line during the Wellington BOL.
You're right (literally). The regional rail plan identifies three stages for solving the North - South Junctions problem:greenwelly wrote:So reading between the lines this is just a "stage 1" project, lower the tunnels, reinforce and re fence.-
Stage 1: Strengthen the walls of the tunnels then lower the floors thereby increasing clearances. This would allow heavier weight rail to be laid
and increase the speed at which trains can travel through the tunnels. This would reduce the transit time and the risk of trains stalling.
Stage 2: This solution would include the tunnel lowering as above plus elimination of one tunnel altogether and extension of the double track at
the northern and southern ends to as near as is practical to the tunnel portals. This would have the dual benefit of reducing the amount of single
track and reducing transit time through that single section.
Stage 3: This solution would include the works listed above (tunnel lowering; remove one tunnel; extend double tracking) plus build a bridge
around the outside of the tunnels so there is always double track – one on the bridge and one through the tunnels.
keg wrote:Saw a couple of EO locos with a six car Ganz northbound near Plimmerton on Sunday arvo - testing the new and upgraded overhead supply up the coast?
keg wrote:(2) Changes in the east yard. Relocated CT site and site being prepared for the new rail served Mainfreight depot between that & the Stadium. Just to the left of the Fern are recently relaid sidings where the hauled coaching stock (Tranz Scenic etc) will be moving to, freeing up space in the west yard for more Matangis. (Think the new shed contains a carriage wash but not 100% on that).
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