Next steps in Northland line upgrade underway

The North Auckland Line rejuvenation kicks off with teams surveying the rail corridor and Northland construction contractors are showing interest in the project.

KiwiRail provided an industry briefing for Northland contracting and construction companies about future work opportunities on rejuvenating Northland’s rail lines. The briefing session in Whangarei was held to ensure local civil construction contractors - large and small - were aware of the work that was coming, says KiwiRail Chief Operating Officer Capital Projects David Gordon.

“The Government has made a significant investment in the North Auckland Line with $94.8 million of funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for much needed maintenance."

“Where possible, we want to use local firms for the work. There will be a mix of larger and smaller jobs making up the overall programme of works, so we wanted to ensure the local industry was aware of the opportunities not just for large companies, but also for smaller scale contractors," Mr Gordon said.

“Survey teams have already begun gathering detailed ground and asset information to be used to help design bridge replacements and plan essential tunnel maintenance."

"Northland’s railway lines are underused at the moment because of their condition. The NAL is around 100 years old, is currently mothballed north of Kauri (above Whangarei) and the whole line has been in a state of ‘managed decline’ until its future was determined," the COO added.

“The survey work is a major step in turning that around.”


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