‘‘Mile­stone’’ up­grade for Kapiti train tun­nels

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The re­place­ment of the last stretch of old over­head wire through the Kapiti Line tun­nels south of Paekakariki over Easter was a ma­jor mile­stone, says Ki­wirail in­fra­struc­ture and en­gi­neer­ing gen­eral man­ager Rick van Barn­eveld.

‘‘All the sin­gle tracked sec­tion of the line through the tun­nels now has new over­head wire and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment which means a more re­li­able ser­vice for com­muters. A new and mod­ern over­head line sys­tem means less dis­rup­tion caused by line faults.’’

Ki­wirail, and its main contractor Nor­folk, have been work­ing to up­grade the line over the last few months and have in­stalled around 10 kilo­me­tres of new wire along with all the trac­tion poles hold­ing the wire up.

‘‘ Although new wire is some­thing most peo­ple would not no­tice with the naked eye, these im­prove­ments will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the re­li­a­bil­ity of the line which im­proves our com­muter ser­vice,’’ says Mr van Barn­eveld.

Once work on the sin­gle track sec­tion is com­plete, Ki­wirail will turn its at­ten­tion to re­new­ing the dou­ble track sec­tion south of Paekakariki.

Over the past few months new trac­tion poles and por­tals on this sec­tion have been in­stalled and are now ready to re­ceive new over­head wire.

‘‘The Kapiti Line is some of the most weather-ex­posed on the net­work . . . We have been work­ing to re­place ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture on the line which when com­pleted will in­clude a to­tal of around 30kms of over­head wire and many poles that sup­port these wires.’’

All the ma­jor works be­tween Muri and Paekakariki are due to be com­pleted in Au­gust this year.

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