Waitakere to lose passenger trains

By Mathew Dearnaley

The council body says there are not enough passengers to justify the $6 million needed to upgrade. Photo / Sarah Ivey
The council body says there are not enough passengers to justify the $6 million needed to upgrade. Photo / Sarah Ivey

Auckland's northwestern settlement of Waitakere is to lose passenger trains after more than 130 years.

In a move condemned by rail enthusiasts and local politicians as short-sighted, Auckland Transport intends axing the final 3.9km Swanson-Waitakere section of its network when electric trains start running on the western line in 2016.

The council body says there are not enough passengers to justify the $6 million needed to upgrade stations and trains for a diesel rail shuttle. Buses will be used instead.

- NZ Herald

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