Community feedback was an important part of getting to where we are now. Your feedback and local knowledge, along with technical investigations, gave us more information to help develop the station designs in more detail.
The next step is to finalise the locations of the stations. Planning and design work, along with property acquisition will help confirm the land needed for the new stations and their supporting facilities. In the meantime, KiwiRail as owner and manager of the rail corridor has applied for the Drury Central and Paerata stations to be processed under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 to enable work to start on these stations as soon as possible. Notices of Requirement (designation) will then be lodged to protect the land needed to for the construction of Drury West station.
On Friday 4 June, the Government confirmed funding for the three stations in the Drury area - Drury Central, Drury West and Paerata as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme.
As the project moves into the next phase, KiwiRail will now be responsible for the design and construction of the three stations. Engagement with Iwi and stakeholders on the design of the stations is ongoing and we will provide an update later in 2021 once this work is finalised.
KiwiRail’s Property Team are continuing to meet with landowners to discuss potential impacts to their properties while work continues on the necessary planning approvals (consents and designations).
Construction is expected to start in 2023 and be completed by 2025. Our intention is to build as much as possible in parallel to the project to electrify between Papakura to Pukekohe.