Extension of the double line from trentham to upper hutt and a platform on the loop at featherston would allow a lot more flexibility in timetabling. The switchlocked siding would have to be removed and alternative arrangements made on the rare occasions it is used (toast martinborough).
geoff_184 wrote:Alternatively, move the loop further north, so trains can still cross, while both taking turns at using the platform.
geoff_184 wrote:Reinstalling Maymorn and/or Rimutaka loop would also help. Maymorn is going to get at least one mainline turnout at some stage anyway.
I guess it comes down to the sort of schedule they envisage running and the cheapest way to achieve it.
matthew25187 wrote:geoff_184 wrote:Reinstalling Maymorn and/or Rimutaka loop would also help. Maymorn is going to get at least one mainline turnout at some stage anyway.
You mean a mainline connection to the Rimutaka Incline Railway project at Maymorn? That is many years off at least, surely.
Wannabe_Train_Driver wrote:How long will it take the Rimutaka Incline to be rebuilt?
Extra carriages proposed
By Colin Williscroft, email@example.com | Saturday, March 17, 2012 6:00
CROWDED CARS: Passengers leave the train at Masterton station.
Rail commuters have welcomed a proposal to ease crowding on the Wairarapa line by adding more carriages.
The project has yet to be approved, but Greater Wellington's draft land transport programme for the next three years includes $500,000 to convert carriages for extra capacity on the Wairarapa line.
Masterton District Councillor Lyn Patterson said that showed the regional council had listened to complaints about overcrowding on commuter trains on the Wairarapa line, and were going to do something about it.
"I think it's brilliant," she said.
"We've just got to get on with things and wait for that to happen."
Wayne Hastie, Greater Wellington regional council's general manager of public transport, said the council was aware there were problems with capacity on some Wairarapa services, which was confirmed through a recent review of public transport services in Wairarapa.
The review was just about complete for bus services but the options for changes to train services were still being worked through, Mr Hastie said.
They would involve possibly introducing some extra weekend services and increasing the capacity on some Wairarapa services, he said.
"One option we are exploring for increasing capacity is to convert some carriages, formerly used on the Upper Hutt line, for use on the Wairarapa line."
He said the carriages' conversion would include the cost of installing toilets in them.
"We are still working through the full implications of the project and need to confirm costs."
Mr Hastie said the project was still subject to funding approval from both Greater Wellington and the New Zealand Transport Agency.
However, if approved, he hoped that work could begin in the next financial year.
Commuter John McDowall, who has caught the train between Featherston and Wellington for five years, said the plan was good news.
"On the 4.30 train [to Wairarapa] some people are standing right from Wellington, and there is a lot standing from the Hutt."
Des O'Dwyer, also a regular commuter, said he avoided most of the rush by boarding early, but recognised the need to ease crowding.
"Any improvement is welcome," he said.
"Sometimes I see the crowding before the train leaves the station. Upper Hutt is especially bad.
"An ease definitely would be welcome, especially since ticket prices just took a rise and yet there's been no improvement to anything on the line.
"They need to put the money where their mouth is."
mclgnd wrote:Wonder why they haven't plugged in at least a couple of the SE's already, unless there is a compatability issue between them and the SW's
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