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  1. Dave, 23. May 2013, 17:32

    Go Wellington are seemingly unable to provide enough buses for the peak periods, yet trolley buses remain underutilised. Seems a case of GW doing their best to underutilise the trolley buses even though there is a shortage of road worthy diesel buses.
    Go Wellington seemingly has no interest in providing reliable and safe services. Why is GWRC not demanding a please explain and placing pressure on Go Wellington to lift their game?
    Why is GWRC procrastinating over the purchase of more Matangis when it’s well-known that the Ganz Units are either in need of costly overhaul or to be replaced? The longer GWRC take to order more Matangis the greater the risk to the travelling public.
    After Monday, train travellers are likely to have lost confidence in the Ganz Units and this is likely to lead to an increase of private cars travelling into the city,
    The last few weeks’ Public Transport has turned into a fiasco and GWRC seem to be asleep at the wheel.

  2. Brent Efford, 23. May 2013, 19:03

    It’s not just PT operations where the GWRC is falling down. Its planning has also taken a dive since the current leaders and transport managers took over in the mid-2000s.

    Most egregious is its failure to think regionally – just look at the Public Transport Spine Study, set up on the premise that said spine doesn’t extend any further north than the Wellington Railway Station. Tell that to the 75% of the greater Wellington population who live north of WRS!

  3. Ross Clark, 24. May 2013, 1:20

    At the rate things are going, we will end up with two unitary authorities: one for the Wairarapa, including most of the GWRC functions; and another for the five Wellington councils, combining them with nearly everything in the current GWRC.

    The latter option has all the makings of a marriage made in hell. I also think that the LGC should admit that its core philosophy is one of unitary councils; and Auckland was only the start of the process.

  4. pax, 24. May 2013, 18:38

    As I understand it there are considerable “fines” levied by GWRC against Go Wellington for each service that fails to run. Fat chance of getting a copy of that contract under the OIA.

    On the matter of the maintenance of the Ganz Mavag trains: they’ve been neglected for years, many are leaky as seives and during winter reek of *toxic* mould, a hazard for customers and staff alike.

  5. Rufus Sixsmith, 25. May 2013, 8:50

    There are KPI’s set between GWRC and GO Wellington but I have never heard of any fines being imposed for not meeting them.

    It would be interesting to see a list of fines, if any, imposed. Also for the KiwiRail services.

  6. Cr Daran Ponter, 2. June 2013, 18:27

    Of the the issues noted above, the train derailment was certainly the most concerning. Had the train been travelling a bit faster and come off the tracks at a different location we could have had significant injuries and loss of life. The wakeup call to the Regional Council is that we need to be assured that Kiwirail take all the steps necessary to operate our trains safely. The Regional Council cannot be a casual observer where passenger and worker safety is concerned.

    Two reviews are underway and questions are being asked about the processes and procedures that Kiwirail operate to, and the processes and procedures which are followed through on an Accident Investigation Commission Report is delivered.

    The Wairarapa Councils’ lodging of their application for a unitary authority to the Local Government Government Commission certainly took Fran Wilde and her Super City supporters by surprise. It is a very well argued proposition. What Fran and Co need to come to terms with is that the Wairarapa Councils and communities appear to value their sovereignty more than the cross subsidies they receive from Wellington City. If they are making an informed decision, then good on them!