Getting the 3rd and 4th Main Trunk Rail Line Wiri to Westfield Built #Campaign4theMains
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The section of rail track between Westfield and Wiri in Auckland is one of the most heavily used in the entire country. On top of serving both the Southern and Eastern lines, it is also sees more rail freight pass over it than any other stretch of track in NZ. It’s so busy that Kiwirail have declared “the current twin track configuration has reached the maximum operational capacity”“. That lack of capacity is resulting in delays to both passengers and freight. It’s long been known that the best solution to the issue issues between Westfield and Wiri is to build a third track to improve capacity. Yet bizarrely, the project still hasn’t been funded.
Kiwirail released the full, almost fully un-redacted business case which shows that building both the 3rd and 4th Main at the same time is the preferred option with cost synergies from doing it at the same time.
The New Zealand Government really needs to step up and get this funded ASAP to facilitate the continued growth in rail freight and passenger rail.
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