Freight Train breakdown demonstrates need for the Third Main
A freight train breaks down on the Southern Line at Te Mahia disrupting passengers getting home.
So my question to the Government is: WHERE IS THAT THIRD MAIN for the Southern Line?
The Third Main being a third set of tracks between Papakura and Westfield Junction that would be dedicated to freight trains especially in the peak periods leaving the other two mains free for passenger trains.
Without the Third Main it can be easily argued that capacity for the increasing amount of passenger and freight trains, and even redundancy capacity in the event of a breakdown would soon make the City Rail Link pretty much redundant. That being the CRL would not reach its full potential if we have a bottleneck between Papakura and Westfield given the increasing competition of track space on the existing two mains for both freight and passenger services.
So again: Where is that Third Main?