Dart 1, Newmarket

A $600 million upgrade of Auckland’s rail network and electrification is well underway with the opening of Newmarket’s new station marking a major milestone.

  • Location: Auckland
  • Started: Dec 2007
  • Cost: $47,000,000
  • Product: GAP65 and CTB
  • Completed: Dec 2010
  • Contractor: Hawkins Infrastructure

Auckland public transport soon to be back on the rails

A collaboration between ONTRACK and ARTA, the Newmarket rail upgrade began in 2007 and from the outset was a significant infrastructure improvement project. With rail use up by 97%, more frequent rail services were required and being located at the junction of three rail routes, Newmarket station had formed a bottleneck, preventing any increase in service.

Requiring major track reorganisation, the project was dubbed the most challenging of the entire Auckland upgrade. ONTRACK funded approximately $45 million to change the layout; three new bridges were constructed and the new station now has twin island platforms (built up with Hunua Cement Treated Basecourse and GAP65), with three tracks.

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