1491876517767 - Increasing calls for Wairarapa to Wellington train services to be updated

Increasing calls for Wairarapa to Wellington train services to be updated

Wairarapa residents say they would use trains to and from Wellington more often if extra services existed.

Others say the present service is not up to scratch, and is poorly co-ordinated with Hutt line services at off-peak times.

Residents responded eagerly to a social media call by Stuff for feedback on rail services between Wairarapa and Wellington.

The call was posted to Neighbourly and Facebook on Monday, and more than 50 people had reacted and commented by Tuesday.

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Masterton resident Janine Price said it would be great if Upper Hutt could be used as a rail hub and trains could run from Masterton to Upper Hutt and back on a more regular basis.

“I take my young son into Wellington about three times a year on the train, and we would go much more often if we didn’t have to drive to Upper Hutt first.

“My husband commutes, and having more flexibility for him to leave home or get home at different times would be wonderful.”

Greytown resident Catherine Rossiter-Stead said that, as traffic increased into Wellington during peak hours, the rail link would become more vital for Wairarapa commuters.

“There certainly needs to be additional services throughout the morning and afternoon to cater for the growing demand from commuters and tourists. More importantly, a solution needs to be found to connect the Wairarapa trains to the Hutt service during off-peak times.”

Masterton resident Jo Waitoa-Hall echoed the sentiments of many others in Wairarapa when she said the weekend service was not good enough, and deterred people from travelling into Wellington. 

“It is frustrating that, in order to do a day trip on the weekend, we have to leave before 8am and don’t get back until after 8pm. It doesn’t work for young children. 

“My 3-year-old loves trains and it would be great to do a trip to Wellington and back in a day, but that amount of time is just too long and we get back after his bedtime.”

Greater Wellington Regional Council senior communications adviser Jim Flack said there were no current plans to increase services, but the situation was being monitored.

“As part of council’s long-term planning, we review and forecast patronage demands, and put plans in place to ensure these are managed.”

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