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Improvements Continue To Wellington Rail Network Buses To Replace Trains This Weekend

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Fuseworks Media

Buses will replace trains this weekend as work to improve the Wellington rail network gathers pace. The weekend work is necessary to prepare for intensive construction over the quiet Christmas holiday period.

Just north of Wellington railway station work will be done on track, signalling and overhead power lines in preparation for the addition of a third main line into the station next year. Once complete, the line will increase capacity and remove a bottleneck at a busy point in the network.

Buses will replace trains between Wellington and Johnsonville, Paraparaumu and Waterloo from 4am Saturday 12 - midnight Sunday 13 December. All Wairarapa services will be bussed between Wellington and Upper Hutt.

More information about bus replacements is available at www.tranzmetro.co.nz or via Metlink on 0800 801 700.

Work will also continue over the weekend on improvements to stations including at Pukerua Bay and Simla Crescent, and finishing touches to Khandallah Station.

The work is part of the Wellington Region Rail Programme, a series of improvements to the Wellington railway system that will give commuters more reliable passenger services. This is a joint initiative between the Greater Wellington Regional Council and KiwiRail (ONTRACK and Tranz Metro).

The Wellington Region Rail 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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