I have asked various people from ARTA this question over recent times – “what’s happening at Onehunga, when’s the railway line opening?” I have received assurances on a number of occasions that the line will be opening in mid 2010. I must say I’ve been a bit skeptical of this, as when you visit Onehunga and have a look at where the station should be, you see this: This was taken a while ago, but I was in Onehunga briefly today and it didn’t seem like anything had changed. What is particularly concerning is to see the ProjectDART website now referring to the line opening in the first half of 2011, rather than in mid-2010 like has been repeatedly promised. Here’s what it says:
Work is now well underway on the rehabilitation of the Onehunga Branch Line, which is scheduled to open for passenger rail services in the first half of 2011.
I sincerely hope this is not the case. The Onehunga Line was meant to open last year. Come on ARTA, get it together.