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Metlink News answers commuters’ questions

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News release
16 November 2006

Metlink News answers commuters’ questions

Public transport users can find out the latest information on improvements to the Metlink public transport network in the first issue of Metlink News, issued to commuters at Wellington Station earlier this week.

Greater Wellington’s Passenger Transport Committee Chair, Councillor Glen Evans, says the newsletter is a great way to keep public transport users updated on what Greater Wellington is doing to make their journeys better.

“The region’s public transport network is going through a period of change and improvements. Metlink News tackles pressing issues such as what we’re doing to address capacity and reliability issues, and gives progress reports on the work that Greater Wellington is doing to upgrade the network.”

The first issue focuses on what Greater Wellington is doing to improve the regional rail system and make train travel more reliable and comfortable. It includes an update on the new Wairarapa trains, which will be arriving from mid 2007, and information about the 58 new electric train carriages for the Hutt Valley, Johnsonville, Melling and Paraparaumu Lines, which will be in service from 2010. There are also questions and answers on the recent fare increases and current problems with rail capacity.

Subsequent issues of Metlink News will be issued quarterly, providing news and updates on Metlink’s rail, bus and trolleybus services.

Cr Evans says that he hopes public transport users will take a look at Metlink News. “We want to make sure that passengers feel fully informed about what’s happening with the Metlink network. Metlink News will continue to address all the issues that are important to public transport users.”

The newsletter is available wherever Metlink timetables are on display. See the Metlink website for an on-line version, www.metlink.org.nz, or phone Metlink on 0800 801 700 for a copy.


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