Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Slow progress to save Wellington-Auckland service

Slow progress to save Wellington-Auckland rail service

Issued by Mike Lee, Chairman, Auckland Regional Council

The Chairman of the Auckland Regional Council says negotiations with Toll Holdings to consider a stay of execution for the Overlander train service are continuing.

The Chairs of the Auckland Regional Council, Environment Waikato, Horizons Manawatu and Greater Wellington Council are advocating for a six month continuation of the Overlander service to provide time for central and local government to discuss potential options for a joint financial rescue package.

Auckland Regional Council Chairman Mike Lee says an hour-long discussion between the Chairs and Toll Holdings senior management yesterday did not reach any firm commitment to continue with an interim service.

“Until we can get some agreement from Toll Holdings for a period of grace to continue the service there’s no point in talking to government about the future of the service,” said Mr Lee.

“The ARC is very supportive of the Overlander service and over the past three years we and then ARTA have subsidised the Auckland-Wellington service by up to half of their Britomart Station annual access fee. This support has ranged from $95,000 to $122,000 a year.”

The ARC does not set and collect access fees for Britomart Station. This is done by Auckland Regional Transport Network Limited (ARTNL) which manages Britomart on behalf of Auckland City Council. These are separate access fees to the track access fees charged by the government body (ONTRACK).”

Mr Lee says the Councils remain determined to see the service or a replacement service running the main trunk line.

“Though we have yet to gain a stay of execution Toll has agreed to continue talks, however to be realistic we are clearly running out of time,” he says.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government…

In fact, the polls suggest that the public seems to quite like the new government, its Prime Minister, and its proposed plan of action. Somehow, even though a Labour/Greens/NZ First government is in power, the sun is still rising and setting, on time. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Saying ‘Work For The Dole,’ Nicely

As New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought to the table... More>>

ALSO:

Seismic Blasting: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship was launched at a public rally on Parliament Lawn. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: 80,000 People Eligible For Fees Free

The Government has today made good on its 100-day promise of delivering the first year of fees-free post school training and education and industry training from 1 January next year, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: Rebuilding Cathedrals, Felling Trees

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the press conference today with Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods to announce urgent legislation this week for the rebuilding of the Christ Church Cathedral. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages