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New Metlink Wairarapa train and Wairarapa station improvements

14 May 2007

New Metlink Wairarapa train

The new Metlink train will be introduced on the Wairarapa Line on Thursday 17 May. It will operate on the following services:

For Thursday 17 May only the new train will operate on these services.

From Wellington to Masterton 8.25am 12.55pm 6.18pm
From Masterton to Wellington  10.30am 3.45pm 

From Friday 18 May the new train will operate on these services only, Monday to Friday, until further notice.

From Masterton to Wellington  6.53am 3.45pm
From Wellington to Masterton 12.55pm 6.18pm

All weekend services will be operated by the new train.

Matarawa Station - temporary closure - from Thursday 17 May - 4 June

We advised passengers last week that they would be able to board and disembark the new Metlink train at this station using the wheelchair hoist.  However, following a further review of the construction work at the station and the operation of the wheelchair hoist, it has been decided for safety reasons that the station will be temporarily closed from 7.30am on Thursday 17 May until 4 June 2007. The morning services prior to 7.30am on 17 May will stop as normal at Matarawa station.

The temporary closure of the station will allow the construction of the new platform to be completed as quickly as possible. Please use either Woodside or Carterton station during this period.  If you currently commute from Matarawa and intend to travel from Woodside you can obtain a partial refund of your May monthly ticket from the Tranz Metro office at Wellington Station.

Renall Street Station - temporary closure - 14 May - early June

Due to essential platform work to enable easier access to the new Metlink Wairarapa trains, this station will be temporarily closed from Monday 14 May until early June. The exact completion date is weather dependant. Please use Masterton or Solway station during this period.

Upgrades to other Wairarapa station platforms - 14 May to end of August 2007

Platform work will take place at other Wairarapa stations until the end of August 2007.  Disruptions will be kept to a minimum. We will keep you updated on progress.

We apologise for the short notice of the station closures and for any inconvenience this causes. These improvements will help to ensure a better train experience is on its way.

Notes for editors:

Matt Radley
Senior communications adviser
Greater Wellington Regional Council
P.04 803 0380
M.021 202 6013


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