Airport via Otahuhu Heavy Rail Suggested Running Pattern #AKLPols

Post City Rail Link Running Pattern

 

Yesterday’s post on Letter to the Ministers on Airport Rail. Also Herald and Commenters Wanting Heavy Rail Option too. #AKLPols stirred plenty of interest and feedback across the social media channels – generally in support. Probably one thing I should have added as it was asked frequently would be a visual pattern of a possible running pattern if the Airport Line ever ran via Otahuhu and post City Rail Link being in operation.

 

So I have drawn up a suggest running pattern for an Airport – Britomart running pattern that runs through the Southern, Eastern and Western Lines as well as the City Rail Link itself. This is the suggested pattern:

Airport via Otahuhu Running route. Two trains per hour in each direction (clockwise and counter clockwise) giving a total of 4 trains an hour to and from the Airport and Britomart
Airport via Otahuhu Running route.
Two trains per hour in each direction (clockwise and counter-clockwise) giving a total of 4 trains an hour to and from the Airport and Britomart

Basically you have two trains an hour going in a clockwise direction and two going in an anti clockwise direction giving a total of four trains per hour (every 15 minutes) running between the Airport, Otahuhu and the City Rail Link stations.

You will see I have not included all stations on the existing Eastern and Southern Line routes. This is because (and this is where Light Rail via Dominion Road fails) the Airport service would be limited stops allowing fast but efficient connections to and from the airport as would be most often demanded by Airport Rail passengers.

As for transfers:

  • Otahuhu Interchange
    • Southern Line to Papakura and Pukekohe
    • Eastern Line to Manukau City Centre
    • Southern Line to Newmarket if you need to stop at a non mentioned station above
    • Eastern Line to Britomart if you need to stop at Sylvia Park, Meadowbank or Orakei
    • Buses that use the incoming Otahuhu Interchange
  • Panmure
    • Buses that use the Panmure Interchange such as Howick and Eastern Buses
  • Glem Innes
    • Buses that service Tamaki, G.I itself, Glendowie and Meadowbank
  • Newmarket
    • Buses that run through Newmarket that connect to Epsom, Parnell and Remuera
  • K Road
    • Western Line to Henderson and Swanson
  • Britomart
    • Ferries
    • NEX to the North Shore

(Note: See comment below about Mt Eden. Transfers to Western Line would be either at K Road or Newmarket)

Light Rail via Dominion Road and Heavy Rail via Onehunga does not these connections that Heavy Rail via Otahuhu does.

Airport Line with Sky Train and buses Black = Heavy Rail Connection Blue = Buses Yellow = Sky Train
Airport Line with Sky Train and buses
Black = Heavy Rail Connection
Blue = Buses
Yellow = Sky Train

 

As for via Puhinui that would be covered by extending the Airporter Bus from the Airport to Manukau being stepped up in frequency and having permanent bus lanes along SH20B which is being investigated for widening by NZTA.

 

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5 thoughts on “Airport via Otahuhu Heavy Rail Suggested Running Pattern #AKLPols

  1. that route misses out the entire west isthmus and west auckland catchment, which are both heavily populated catchments. I’m not discounting the Otahuhu route of course as it would serve a sizable catchment (thanks for posting the routes as this shows it a bit better). I do think we need to look at all parameters very carefully though. Accessing catchment data and travelling trends would come in very handy and may give us some clues as to why they favouring the Onehunga heavy rail option over the Otahuhu heavy rail option…

    1. The West is captured by the Western Line and transferring to the Airport Line at Mt Eden

      In anycase the South West Isthmus area needs another solution entirely. Most likely buses that run down bus lanes down the South Western Motorway to the Mangere Station that has come from Otahuhu.

      Food for thought.

      1. Err…one problem though, trains travelling on the eastern leg of the junction at Mt Eden, won’t be able to stop at Mt Eden. They will be able to stop at Krd though so people could transfer there.

  2. Heavy rail via Otahuhu wins hands down.
    Light rail is a connector like any bus service and cannot compete in its traffic density environment.
    Heavy rail via Otahuhu also offers an opportunity for a future intercity south connection from the AIrport.
    .
    Cliff Dew

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