Over a thousand workers getting infrastructure back on track today

Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for State Owned Enterprises

Hon Phil Twyford, Minister of Transport

Over a thousand road and rail workers are back to work today to help kick-start the post-lockdown economy and get New Zealand moving, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Minister of Transport Phil Twyford announced today.

KiwiRail will have works start back up on almost all of their projects today, including the Kaikōura rebuild and Wellington metro upgrades. New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project City Rail Link starts back up today as well.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has approved the start up plans and works will restart this week on 25 of the 44 state highway projects in the construction phase around the country, including Transmission Gully and Pūhoi to Warkworth. All state highway and rail projects are expected to have works restart next Monday.

Winston Peters said the Government is getting the record infrastructure build back up and running as soon as possible to help support workers and businesses and kick-start economic activity.

“We’ve worked hard to help cushion the blow from COVID-19 with initiatives like the wage subsidy and advance payments to transport contractors; and we know the industry is now raring to go.

“We’re putting our money where our mouth is and getting people back to work day one of Alert Level 3 so we can get money into the pockets of businesses and workers sooner,” Winston Peters said.

Phil Twyford said it’s been a real team effort getting projects ready to restart.

“I’d like to thank the industry, Waka Kotahi, City Rail Link Ltd and KiwiRail for their efforts which will see well over 1,000 construction workers back on the job this week. For example, the Kaikōura rebuild will see around 450 road and rail workers back to work, City Rail Link expects 400 workers back this week, and Transmission Gully and Pūhoi to Warkworth will ramp back up to hundreds of workers at each.

“Major infrastructure projects like these and those contained in the New Zealand Upgrade programme will help provide much needed stimulus to the economy and guaranteed jobs.

“Moving to Alert Level 3 does not mean a return to pre-pandemic ways of working. Strict health and safety protocols are being followed at every site to keep workers and the public safe. These include restricting access to sites, requirements for workers to maintain physical distancing and the use of additional protective clothing.

“It’s too soon to say whether COVID-19 has had any effect on construction timeframes on individual projects. My expectation is that project teams will look at accelerating works where possible,” Phil Twyford said.

 

 

winston.peters@parliament.govt.nz

phil.twyford@parliament.govt.nz

 

Capital Projects/Upgrades

When physical work resuming

What work

Staff numbers returning to work

Wellington Metro Upgrades/Renewals:

 

  • Mast/line replacement

 

 

 

 

  • Trentham – UH double tracking

 

 

  • Catch up track renewals on Wairarapa Line

 

 

 

From 28/4

 

 

 

 

 

From 28/4

 

 

 

From 4/5

 

 

 

Checking for buried services, drilling and pouring foundations, standing masts, Melling Line rewiring and Melling Junction rewiring

 

 

Site preparation, earthworks (off line – trains running)

 

 

Site investigations, including digging test pits in preparation for later works                   

 

 

 

 

40, increasing to 70 (during blocks of line) after second week

 

10 in first week, rising to 20

 

Less than 5

Main North Line – Kaikoura rebuild  (NCTIR - KiwiRail and NZTA)

 

 

Additional Kaikoura projects:

                               

Progressively over the week starting 28/4

 

 

 

 

From 28/4

 

 

From 28/4

Road and rail – 42 sites on MNL and highways

 

 

 

 

Track works

 

 

Tunnel 21 bypass

Approx. 450 (across rail and road) returning to work or re-mobilising

 

16

 

50-60

City Rail Link

From 28/4

Construction works

200 ramping up to 400 over the week

Transmission Gully

From 28/4

Construction works

Ramping up to approx. 650 by next week

Pūhoi to Warkworth

From 28/4

Construction works

Ramping up to approx. 400 by next week

Northland Rail revitalisation (PGF)

From 4/5

Rail transfer

10

Hamilton – Auckland commuter service

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 28/4

 

 

From 28/4

 

 

Work on Te Rapa Passenger Carriage Maintenance facility

 

Surveying for wash system and stabling works preparation at Westfield (South Auckland)

 

 

30

 

 

2-4

Bridge 190 (Main South Line)

From 28/4

Bridge works

10

Bridge 91 (East Coast Main Trunk line)

From 28/4

Bridge works

10

Bridge 105 (ECMT)

From 28/4

Bridge works

10

Bridge 13 (Main North Line)

From 28/4

Bridge works

10

Bridge 229 (North Island Main Trunk Line)

From 28/4

Bridge works

10

Waimiha slip repair (NIMT)

From 28/4

Bridge works

10

Woburn Workshops Upgrades:

  • Plant 2 refurbishment
  • Inventory/Amenities

 

From 28/4

From 28/4

 

Seismic strengthening works

Continuing site investigations

 

20-30

2-4

Waltham Scenic Journey Service Centre

From 28/4

Construction works

10-15

Palmerston North Drop Pit

From 28/4

Construction works

2-4

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