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Three years to complete upgrades to carriages on the Wairarapa line

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Train passengers on the Wairarapa Line will enjoy refurbishments to carriages with work underway to improve comfort for customers.

Regional Council Transport Committee Chair Roger Blakeley says carriages are being refurbished to improve the customer experience and address the outdated equipment and furniture.

“All of the 24 carriages on the Wairarapa Line are being upgraded with interior and exterior improvements including air conditioning overhauls and upgrades.

“Seating will be more comfortable thanks to new cushions for the bases, backs and headrests and new covers to match, and the flip down seats will also be updated,” Cr Blakeley says.

Other interior work includes grab rails on the seat backs being refurbished and repainted in Metlink green, tables having their edges refreshed, and new carpet. The exterior of the carriages will be repainted, and the windows’ glass replaced.

“We have commenced an overhaul programme on the carriage air conditioning units, with a number of key components replaced to improve reliability and increase cooling capacity.

“To avoid disruptions and impacts on carriage availability, while fast tracking improvements for customers, we are undertaking the seat and table improvements separate from the painting, windows and carpet replacement projects.

“The seat and table improvements can be undertaken around routine carriage maintenance, while the painting, windows and carpet replacement requires the carriage to be out of service for several weeks, and is not expected to be fully completed until the end of 2022,” Cr Blakeley says.

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  1. Brendan, 27. February 2020, 10:41

    Six and a half weeks to paint one rail car, replace the carpet and the windows. Nice work if you get it!

  2. Peter Steven, 28. February 2020, 2:01

    Seriously? The WRL carriages are already the nicest and comfiest on the rail network. How about focusing on increasing the absolutely pathetic frequency and the overcrowding instead?

  3. Casey, 28. February 2020, 9:03

    From my observations it would appear that contractors are selected by councils on how slow they are at carrying out projects, not by speed and competitive cost. A prime example being the still unfinished cycle way around Point Jerningham which after over a year of holding up traffic is still very much a work in progress.

    Apart from a short length of replacement sea wall the rest of the work has been carving out a section of the road, putting in new kerbing and then finishing off a footpath standard surface. No replacement of services infrastructure or shifting of existing required.