eplacement of Wellington’s Trains
Replacement of Wellington’s Trains
The Greater Wellington Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency today announced their intention to replace rather than refurbish the existing Ganz Mavag trains.
The Council is considering the purchase of up to 35 (70 cars) additional new Matangi trains. 50% of the cost will be met by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
“This is excellent news for Wellington train commuters who have very quickly come to appreciate the modern Matangi trains” says Councillor Daran Ponter.”
“This includes, quieter running, air conditioning, low floors, CCTV, and electronic messaging”.
“For the Regional Council it will mean running a single type fleet of electric trains with savings in maintenance, spares and driver training.”
“This decision will bring significant savings to ratepayers of approximately $228 Million over the 35 year life of the new trains” says Councillor Ponter
“It is somewhat surprising that Kiwirail were not able to put in a competitive price for the refurbishment of the existing trains. It really would have been a win – win situation if Kiwirail had secured the contract and delivered the quality of trains that we know they can deliver.”
The Council will decide on whether to proceed with the purchase of the new trains at its 26 September Council meeting
. Daran Ponter