Attempts are being made to fast-track a new-look Hamilton to Auckland commuter train service.
Hamilton local body politicians have been in talks with KiwiRail and say they are on the verge of getting a final concrete proposal on which to base a decision.
The deal is far from done but a rough proposal is for a service leaving Hamilton between 6am and 6.30am and departing Auckland at 5.30pm. A suggested route is from Frankton with stops at The Base in Te Rapa, Huntly, Papatoetoe and stopping at either Britomart or Newmarket.
Suggested fares are $24 from Hamilton and $17.60 from Huntly.
But Councillor Dave Macpherson warns:
“Is KiwiRail going to come back to us with a proposal in writing that matches the words they have been saying?”
Apparently while KiwiRail has given a verbal quote to the council for the service, they have yet to put anything in writing for some reason.