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A project which transformed New Lynn’s rail infrastructure has received the Supreme Award for New Zealand Engineering Excellence.

A joint project between KiwiRail, Auckland Transport and Waitakare City Council, the New Lynn Rail Trench and Station, involved the duplication and lowering of the stretch of track through New Lynn into an 860m-long, 8 m-deep rail trench.

The trench eliminated two busy level crossings and added two brand new bridges to make getting around the busy New Lynn town centre much easier and safer.

KiwiRail’s DART Project Manager, Rob French, said the win by contractors, Fletcher Construction and Beca,was well-deserved. “This was an ambitious undertaking which was achieved successfully and to budget.  Although commuters experienced some disruption, this was minimal, given the complexity of the project.”

“We congratulate Fletcher Construction and Beca on their award, which recognised a major contribution to Project DART (Developing Auckland’s Rail Transport).  In fact, this was the largest in the suite of DART projects and a critical part of the Western line double-tracking operation.”

source: KiwiRail

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