18 Sep 2010

Onehunga rail line reopens for passenger services

8:21 am on 18 September 2010

Auckland rail commuters will be able use the Onehunga branch line for the first time in 37 years, as celebrations are held on Saturday morning to mark the line's re-opening.

The line was the first to run in Auckland in 1873, connecting Onehunga to the central city. It was closed to passenger services a century later.

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority has developed three new stations at Onehunga, Te Papapa and Penrose, as part of the $3.6 million upgrade of the line.

A spokesperson said the re-opening will coincide with a local heritage festival and a steam train would be used to mark the first trip.