New Zealand will roll out a second-gen, high speed rail system that will connect Auckland with the rest of the country in about a year’s time, with the first phase of the project due to start next year.
Key points:The new high speed railway is expected to replace the existing Auckland Regional Rail System and will be cheaper than current trainsThe rail project will be funded through new revenue from passenger faresNew Zealand has a population of 1.4 million people, and the average age is around 35.
Its high speed train will be a “tourist” that will travel at up to 1,500km/h (620mph) on the Auckland, Christchurch, Waikato and Wellington regional rail lines.
It will connect with Auckland Airport and will connect to other rail links, such as the Southern Rail Link and the New Zealand Rail Link, via the Otago Peninsula.
The train will cost $3 billion and will run on a network of 4,000km (2,500 miles) of track and is expected cost around $1.2 billion.
The Government is expecting the project to take two years to complete.
It is expected the first train, which will be called the Auckland Regional Railway, will be ready for operation in 2019, and a second line, called the Otahuhu Regional Rail, in 2023.
The Auckland Regional Road System has been operating for 25 years, but will be replaced in 2021 with a high speed line that will run between Christchurch and Auckland.
The Otahu Regional Road Line will be operated by a consortium of Auckland Transport, the Auckland District Transport Authority and the Wellington Regional Transport Authority.
The new rail line will have capacity for more than 40,000 passengers a day.
Transport Minister Amy Adams said the project was being developed to be an alternative to the current Otago Region Rail Network, which was plagued by delays and poor service.
“We want to create a system that can operate with the best reliability and we want to provide a faster, more reliable and more convenient way to travel between Christington and Auckland,” Ms Adams said.
“Our plan is to build a second rail line to help ease congestion and allow people to get around Auckland and to connect to services in other areas of the New South Wales and New Zealand.”
Ms Adams said there would be two phases of the rail project, one between 2021 and 2023 and the other in 2029.
The first phase, the Otawhara-Otago Railway, would run from Christchurch to Otahua, and would be the most expensive.
The second phase, known as the Otatohu-Otisia-Kawapoua Rail Line, would be to run from Otahuru to Kaitaia.
“The Otawahara-Kaitaiva Rail Line will provide more direct connections to the rest in the Otavio and Otavia regions of New South Australia,” she said.
Ms Adams added that the rail line would run through some of the most remote parts of the state.
“It will give people a quick way to get to and from their homes in the heart of the North Coast and into the regions of the South Coast,” she told reporters.
“That’s really what the Otaahua Rail Line is going to do.”
The rail line is expected at an estimated cost of $1 billion, with New Zealand Transport Agency managing the project.
But the Government has warned that it could cost up to $2 billion to build the line, and it would be costly for the state to finance the project itself.
Ms Adams has previously said that the project would be paid for by the public purse, but the Government was not available to answer questions on whether it would continue funding the project after the initial phase.
“There are no figures that we can provide for that cost,” she added.
“But we will be able to tell you, from time to time, what the public’s contribution will be.”