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


Improved train services for Johnsonville

8 October 2015

Improved train services for Johnsonville

More reliable services, more choice of travel times and more seats are in store for Johnsonville Line commuters.

“From Sunday 27 October 2015, after Labour weekend, there’ll be a new timetable for Johnsonville train services, including additional services in each direction during the peak hours,” says Paul Swain, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee.

“Johnsonville Line services, particularly peak hour services, have been unsatisfactory for some time.

Because of the single track, if one train is late it has a huge effect on services for the rest of the peak time.

“Tranz Metro trials of a train every 15 minutes during peak hours have been very successful. The change removes the uneven spacing of peak services and provides an additional train in each direction per peak hour. This will give commuters more choice of travel times and more trains in the peak which means more seats. Off peak services in the middle of the day and in the evenings remain unchanged.

“We hope to see a significant improvement in reliability with these changes, restoring Johnsonville Line commuters’ confidence that their trains will get them where they need to be on time.”

Paul Swain says the Johnsonville Line changes have been made possible by the new fleet of Matangi trains which began arriving in May.

“Following rigorous testing all new Matangi trains will have been put into service on the Johnsonville Line. Equally importantly the new trains are fitted with wheel dampers which help reduce the noise generated on the tight corners line. Early indications are that the new train wheels are making a difference at most sites, however track side investigations and works continue at certain locations.”

The entire fleet of 35 new Matangi trains is expected to be in Wellington mid-2016.

New Johnsonville Line timetables are available at www.metlink.org.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year...

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to increase baseline benefits to stop record numbers of people requiring hardship assistance to meet the basic costs of living. More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>


IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>





InfoPages News Channels