Wellington station and approaches: adapting to the challenge

Wellington Station was originally designed and constructed for the steam age. In 2010, Wellington Station serves a region with a population of ca 450,000 people with 7 day a week electric and diesel hauled rail operations serving business, leisure and social markets. In the 73 years since opening, Wellington station and the supporting track network has evolved to reflect changing technology and market demands. The paper traces the history of these changes before focussing on the impact of the latest infrastructure changes to the station approaches. The most recent project has seen the provision of a third approach road and the introduction of bidirectional signalling to permit separation of peak traffic flows from the North Island Main Trunk and Wairarapa routes. Computer modelling of train performance showed the benefits in timetable robustness and reliability with the introduction of the infrastructure changes. These changes will not be the last, as the number of rail commuters into Wellington increase and modern living demands greater punctuality and increased train frequency.

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  • Pagination: 12p.
  • Monograph Title: Rejuvenation and renaissance: CORE 2010: conference on railway engineering, 12-15 September 2010, Wellington, New Zealand

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  • Accession Number: 01517079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:07PM