Transdev Auckland

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Transdev Auckland
File:Transdev logo.svg
Overview
Owner Transdev Australasia
Locale Auckland Region, New Zealand
Transit type Suburban rail
Number of lines 5
Number of stations 42
Daily ridership 14 million passengers per annum (2015)[1]
Headquarters Auckland
Operation
Began operation 2004
Number of vehicles 38 train sets
Technical
System length 120 km (75 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC (Swanson to Papakura)

Transdev Auckland, formerly Veolia Transport Auckland, Ltd., and before that Connex Auckland, Ltd., is a Transdev Australasia company. It runs Auckland's urban passenger trains under contract from Auckland Transport on infrastructure owned and managed by KiwiRail. Auckland Transport receives funding to subsidise these services from the New Zealand Transport Agency, which receives funding from road user taxes and Crown appropriations, and from the Auckland Council through rates.

History

The previous operator of the train network in Auckland was Tranz Metro, a division of Tranz Rail (now KiwiRail). When the Auckland Regional Council called for tenders for the new contract, Tranz Metro did not tender and Connex (later Transdev) won the tender.

In August 2013, the CEO of KiwiRail, Jim Quinn announced KiwiRail's intention to join bidding for the Auckland metro contract in 2016.

Since 2004 patronage has increased by 30% annually and on-time performance has increased from 50% to 85%.

Auckland

Auckland suburban rail network
Waitakere(Closed 2015)
Swanson
Ranui
Sturges Road
Henderson
Sunnyvale
Glen Eden
Fruitvale Road
New Lynn
Avondale
Mount Albert
Baldwin Avenue
Morningside
Kingsland
Mount Eden
Proposed City Rail Link
Karangahape Road
Aotea
Britomart
Grafton
Quay Park Junction
Parnell(Proposed)
Newmarket Junction
Newmarket
Orakei
Remuera
Meadowbank
Greenlane
Glen Innes
Ellerslie
Panmure
Sylvia Park
Onehunga Branch
Penrose
Te Papapa
Onehunga
Westfield Junction
Westfield
Otahuhu
Middlemore
Papatoetoe
Puhinui
Manukau Branch
Manukau
Wiri TMD
Homai
Manurewa
Te Mahia
Takanini
Walters Road(Proposed)
Papakura
Papakura-Pukekohe shuttle
Drury(Proposed)
Pukekohe

Transdev operates the following lines from Britomart:[2]

Rolling stock

Current

Transdev operates the following rolling stock:

  • 31 AM three-car EMUs (built by CAF) currently running on the Onehunga line and Manukau Line (57 to be operated once entire fleet is commissioned)
  • 10 ADL/ADC two-car DMUs (ex Transperth) owned by Auckland Transport;
  • 20 DC locomotives owned by KiwiRail, operating in push-pull mode with 20 sets of three or four SA cars and an SD driving car with driving cab and remote controls (ex British Rail Mark 2 carriages rebuilt for suburban service), owned by Auckland Transport.[3]
  • 3 DFT/DFB locomotives owned by KiwiRail, operating in push-pull mode with six-car sets (five SA, one SD)

Additionally, nine ADK/ADB two-car DMUs are in storage, but are available for use if required.

All diesel rolling stock and locomotive-hauled carriage stock is in MAXX Blue livery, except DC 4104, DC 4260, DC 4346 and DCP 4818 in KiwiRail livery. The AM class wears the Auckland Transport livery.

Future

Following the completion of electrification of Auckland's railway network, almost all services will be provided by electric multiple units, as is the case in Wellington. In October 2011 it was announced that Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) had been selected to supply 57 three-car electric multiple units. The first set was delivered in late August 2013 and entered passenger service in April 2014.

Gallery

An AM class EMU at Puhinui 
ADB 778 out of service at Papakura 
DC 4254 with an SA/SD set at Papakura 
DC 4369 with an SA/SD set at Newmarket, November 2006 
DC 4409 with an SA/SD set at Masterton during a test run, June 2008 
DFB 7010 at Morningside station with a six-car SA/SD set 
Mockup of Auckland's new electric multiple units on display at MOTAT 

See also

References

  1. "Aucklanders are breaking records on the trains". Auckland Transport. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Train timetable changes from Monday 8 December 2014". Auckland Transport. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Ticket to Ride" e.nz magazine, July/August 2007 Volume 8/4, pages 24-28

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