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Redwood Station In Line For $1 Million Upgrade

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Redwood Station in Tawa will close temporarily in early February to allow for more than $1million worth of improvements to the station platforms. Both platforms at the station will be demolished and completely rebuilt.

Wellington Region Rail Programme Director David Gordon said that to allow the station to be upgraded, it would need to close for up to four months from 8 February 2010.

"We try as much as possible to keep stations open while we upgrade them but the reality is in some cases construction constraints mean we simply can't do that," David Gordon said.

"Redwood is just one of a number of stations being improved around the network, and there's no doubt this work is disruptive to passengers who can't use their regular station. I hope people will be patient with us while we carry out the improvement work, and can keep the end goal in sight."

Once complete, there will be two new 170 metre long platforms at Redwood Station, slightly higher than the current platforms, and with safety features such as yellow tactile strips at the platform edge.

"Given the disruption we try and future proof the stations as much as possible so we don't need to re-do work when new technology is introduced, such as Greater Wellington Regional Council's plans for real time passenger information systems," David Gordon said.

More information about alternative arrangements for Redwood passengers are still being finalised but will be 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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