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MetLink adding an extra carriage on peak-hour Wairarapa trains

News from Wellington Regional Council
Wairarapa rail commuters will be the winners in a trial designed to increase capacity on the Wairarapa Line from Wellington to Masterton.

From 24 September Metlink will increase the number of carriages from eight to nine on the 6.20am service from Masterton to Wellington between Tuesday and Friday, and on the 4.25pm service from Wellington to Masterton from Monday to Thursday.

The trial trains will be stopping at all the usual Wairarapa stations and information will be provided on train access and exit as well as carriage destinations.

“This is great news for Wairarapa commuters. They’ll get the benefit of 64 more seats on each nine-car run, which will help ease crowding on the line and make journeys more comfortable,” says Greater Wellington’s Wairarapa Councillor, Adrienne Staples.

“Greater Wellington has heard the public’s concern about the Wairarapa Line. This trial is one of the ways we’re are working to deliver on our promise to improve the experience for people travelling on it.”

”I’d also like to thank people for their feedback on running the trial, which we’ve taken into account to make it relevant to their needs.”

The purpose of the in-service trial is to confirm operational details such as ensuring door isolation works smoothly in practice for both staff and passengers. Once Metlink has the data it needs from the trial any outstanding issues will be addressed.

“We’ll keep people up to date during this process through Facebook and media releases, and we welcome any feedback people may have during the trial. We’re keen to hear your views, which can be provided through the pages of the Wairarapa Commuters Facebook site or our Metlink customer website feedback form. Many thanks for your patience as we continue to find ways to improve your service.”


  1. Keith Flinders, 11. September 2018, 13:20

    Good news for Wairarapa rail commuters, but what about Wellington City bus users still crammed into overloaded buses, sometimes waiting at hubs for bus services that never arrive or are too full to get on. A few months ago the GWRC announced that it was looking up upgrading the Wairarapa line, and its trains, at a cost of $300 million for about 300,000 passenger trips a year.

    Peak fare Masterton – Wellington works out at 20 cents/km. Great value.

    Peak fare on an over crowded bus Karori – Railway Station 75 cents/km using Snapper sitting or standing. $1/km paying cash. 25 million users take buses in the Wellington region per annum.

  2. Jonny Utzone, 11. September 2018, 14:24

    The rail operator has little tolerance for passengers running to catch trains because guess what, GWRC fines them for failing to meet time-keeping performance standards.

  3. greenwelly, 11. September 2018, 14:24

    Given an extra carriage was proposed in February, the 7 month implementation time doesn’t bode well for major bus changes happening quickly. “We are investigating adding another carriage to the 4:25 (to make a 9-car) to relieve overcrowding…”

  4. Concerned Wellingtonian, 11. September 2018, 16:44

    So the councillors from Upper Hutt and the Wairarapa are wielding more influence than the past-it merchants from Wellington City. What else is new?

  5. NigelTwo, 11. September 2018, 18:30

    Suppose we should be happy they didn’t just take the seats out 😉

  6. Dave B, 12. September 2018, 12:47

    Then perhaps the answer for Wellington’s beleaguered bus users is to extend the rail system as the ‘spinal’ public-transport service into the southern and eastern suburbs, then reorganise the buses to feed into that.