Auckland's struggling rail network is under the microscope to see if it can cope with the city's bulging population.

A series of failures and growing numbers of delays with the current network is raising alarm bells and fears failure to deliver a reliable and resilient network over the next decade will erode public confidence in rail and public transport.

A broken piece of track caused a train derailment inside the underground Britomart station in May last year and the patience of rail passengers is wearing thin with regular faults and cancelled services.

A recent focus by the NZ Transport Agency(NZTA)

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