From the Green Party:
The Green Party is urging the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to support the passenger train service between Waikato and Auckland.
“This is a common sense project with massive public support,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Gareth Hughes.
Mr Hughes is in Hamilton for the presentation of Campaign for Better Transport’s 11,000 signature petition in support of the service.
“Every day hundreds of people drive between Auckland and Hamilton. A fast, efficient commuter service could allow them to do the trip faster, in more comfort, and also allow them to work if a wireless internet link was established on board the train,” said Mr Hughes.
2 thoughts on “Press release: Hamilton to Auckland commuter rail must roll”
I agree that their needs to be a Waikato-Auckland passenger link. The key thing here is that the service needs to be able to do the trip faster than driving – otherwise, people just won’t use it.
Rail will succeed when people wake up and get the right attitude towards it. The biggest drawback to an Auckland-Waikato service is the lack of electrification between the two destinations. It’s a shame they never carried it on from Hamilton to Auckland when they were installing it.