The first addition to the 82-year AUCKLAND commuter rail network, the Manukau Rail Link was opened by Auckland Mayor Len Brown. The project is expected to be completed for 2 million dollars, including the construction of a station to be built on a 40,7 km junction on the Auckland - Hamilton line.
The line is designed in such a way that the S20 highway will pass near it and will be electrified in the future. The line is scheduled to enter commercial service on April 15, 2012.
The transportation network, which will include a transportation hub and University campus, a ticket office and other facilities, is under construction and is expected to be completed next year.
Manukau Rail Link is Auckland's first new passenger line since the East Line was completed in 1930.
Source : Raillynews