Client KiwiRail
Location Auckland
Contract Early Contractor Engagement (ECI), Design & Build
Target Completion 2024

Project Capabilities

Civil Electrical Mechanical Rail Roads & Bridges

Fast Facts

  • 22 million commuter trips are taken on rail in Auckland, New Zealand each year
  • The project will electrify and upgrade 19 km of track between Papakura and Pukekohe in South Auckland
  • Once complete the project will enable electric trains to operate across the entire Auckland network and customers won’t have to change trains at Papakura.
  • Electrification will improve efficiency and customer experience and also mean quieter train services, a more resilient network and a reduction in carbon emissions
  • Much of the upgrade work will be carried out while trains are running, reducing disruption to passenger and freight services using the network

Project Summary

eTRACS, a John Holland and McConnell Dowell joint venture, is delivering the Papakura to Pukekohe Electrification Upgrade Project (or P2P) with KiwiRail under an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract.  The team are also working in collaboration with KiwiRail and Siemens to deliver the signals civil works required.  

P2P is funded through the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme and is part of KiwiRail’s $1 billion investment in the Auckland Metro Upgrade Programme.

P2P will be one of the first ‘shovel ready’ projects to begin construction and is expected to generate more than 200 jobs at peak, training and development opportunities and helping stimulate the South Auckland economy.  

The upgrade is planned to increase capacity and flexibility as well as make the network more efficient, convenient and sustainable with electric train services connecting the fast-growing southern suburbs with the central city.

Project Scopes:

  • Extending the overhead power system 19 km between Papakura and Pukekohe
  • Existing track and signalling upgrades
  • A new substationand power feed
  • Improvements to platforms and track configurations at Pukekohe station to allow for more services, longer trains and more stabling 
  • Future proofing to allow for future development on the rail corridor

Enabling work is now underway and the main works are expected to be completed in 2024.

For more information about the P2P project and KiwiRail’s wider Auckland Metro Programme follow this link:

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