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$1 Million Rebuild Of Pukerua Bay Station Set To Begin

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Work is about to start on a $1million improvement to the Pukerua Bay Station.

From Monday 30 November the station will be temporarily closed for approximately two months while the old platform is demolished and a new one built in its place.

The work is necessary to accommodate the fleet of new Matangi trains arriving from mid-2010. Pukerua Bay Station is one of a number of stations around the region being upgraded as part of a wider improvement project for Wellington's rail network.

Wellington Region Rail Programme Director David Gordon said the work at Pukerua Bay was timed to coincide with the school holidays.

"We try as much as possible to keep stations open while they're being upgraded but construction constraints mean sometimes that just isn't possible. Because Pukerua Bay is an island platform with limited access we had to temporarily close it, so to minimise the disruption we've timed that with the quieter summer period," David Gordon said.

"It isn't easy to rebuild a rail network at the same time as keeping normal services running. The station upgrades are disruptive but I hope passengers can keep the end result in sight as we make these improvements.

"We will be working intensively to complete the new platform so it can reopen in February next year. For the first two weekends in December, buses will replace trains on that section of line so we can demolish the old platform and, using several cranes, start installing the replacement."

Once complete, the new platform will be slighter higher, bringing it into line with other stations on the network. It will have safety features such as yellow tactile strips and the electrical ducting in place to support a real time passenger information system to be introduced in future by Greater Wellington Regional Council.

While the station is temporarily closed passengers will be able to catch trains from other stations or use peak hour weekday shuttle services between Pukerua Bay and Plimmerton Stations. More information is available at www.tranzmetro.co.nz or by calling Metlink on 0800 801 700.

The Wellington Region Rail Programme is a joint initiative between KiwiRail (Tranz Metro and ONTRACK) and Greater Wellington Regional Council to improve passenger rail services.

The $550 million programme includes: A fleet of new electric trains - the Matangi trains Extension of electrification and double tracked lines to take commuter services to Waikanae; Installation of power supply equipment and railway signalling; Adding another line into Wellington Railway Station to reduce delays; Making the Johnsonville Line tunnels larger; and Improving a number of platform and station facilities.

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