How It’s Looking: Newmarket


Installation of electrification masts at Newmarket Junction was one of the key parts of the Summer Rail Auckland programme.
Here is how Newmarket station is looking now close-up:

Summer Rail Programme series: How It’s Looking At…

St George update

Rossgrove Tce and Baldwin update

Homai Browns Rd, Manurewa

Church St East, Penrose

Waterfront trams

Bridge St, Papatoetoe

St George St, Papatoetoe rail bridge replacement


Baldwin Ave

Quay Park

Purewa Eastern Line track work
Inside the Manukau trench



  1. Eric says:

    God, it looks like it’s so close to being finished. I can’t believe it’s going to take till 2013 to get it done!

  2. Brent C says:

    Having seen what the interchanges in Wellington look like, we should be expecting a tangled mess of wires at this site.

  3. Andy says:

    True Brent. It’s a pity we couldn’t use a third rail system. ( )
    But that would require our system to be fully grade separated.

  4. dsadasgdf654645 says:

    The 25kvac overhead system Auckland is getting is far superior to third rail.

  5. Andy says:

    @dsadasgdf654645 - I will admit I don’t know the technical details of either systems but that it is good to know we are getting a good system. I just mentioned it because we were talking about overhead wires.

    It will be interesting to see how the public react to the wires and masts once they are all up.

  6. Matt says:


    they’ll probably react by catching the train more.

  7. Andrew says:

    yeah that was what happened in Perth. It’s called the “sparks effect”. Patronage shot up with the arrival of the electrics back in 1991.
    (leading to us getting some of their diesel leftovers)

  8. Feijoa says:

    Nothing they do with wires there could look worse than the large car-park/apartment building in Newmarket. The people on the other side of the tracks might even prefer a tangle of wires if it is enough to block part of it out!

  9. Ian says:

    A modern effective electric railway with CBD tunnel will be a potent symbol for Auckland.

  10. Doloras says:

    As an expat Wellingtonian, I must say that when I visit the ancestral homeland I get a thrill of pride when I see the train and trolleybus overhead wires. They aren’t an eyesore, they’re proof of a city with a real PT infrastructure.

  11. Anthony says:

    I truely agree with Doloras here, it isn’t the the wires, it is the public transport. Also, when you see the trolleybus wires, you know you are on the bus route, and nearly every trolley stops at the train station.

  12. Ian says:

    Yes the trolleys are neat. I still marvel at their silence and when I catch a bus I hope it will be it will be a trolley that turns up.

  13. Kon says:

    People should stop moaning about the eyesore regarding overhead electrification. Instead look at the reality of the future benefits of less exhaust pipes!

  14. Anthony says:

    there are bigger eyesores than wires too.
    does graffiti sound familiar?

    good on Brown to truely tackle the problem.

  15. ingolfson says:

    Nice that the central area of the triangle is apparently being planted out a bit. Though of course it’s only “temporary” for a few years until the next boom, when a building is going to be built above it…


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