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3 comments:

  1. Casey, 20. February 2017, 11:58

    Passenger numbers Paraparaumu to Waikanae are quite low, and beyond even fewer. If it wasn’t for the massive subsidy from Greater Wellington ratepayers these services would not exist. With the Kapiti Expressway about to open, battery buses on the freed-up highway would have been a realistic and less expensive option.

    At over $4million per km to provide electrification for the line north of Waikanae, the economics don’t stack up for passenger services. Nor do they for combined freight/passenger services. However in respect of the environment and the continuing damage being done by dirty diesel engines there is a case to be made.

     
  2. luke, 20. February 2017, 19:52

    extending the trains to otaki is a no brainer to me. much better than building more and more parking spaces at waikanae. plenty of cheaper land at otaki.

     
  3. Ross Clark, 22. February 2017, 4:02

    Casey – agreed.

    What would be a better idea is increasing the frequency of non-peak rail services; so that instead of half-hour, a 15-minute frequency service was run out as far as, say, Plimmerton or Waterloo. This would attract people who otherwise would want to use their cars.