14 June 2007
A new seven-carriage train will serve the Wairarapa Line from Monday 18 June 2007, subject to the successful completion of all pre-service testing, when three more train carriages are added to the four new carriages introduced last month.
The full-length train will operate some peak-hour services - the 6.30am service from Masterton, returning to the Wairarapa at 4.33pm from Wellington.
The carriages are the first in a new $25m fleet of 18 carriages for the Wairarapa Line. A further 11 carriages will be introduced in stages by the end of this year, and will make up a total of three new trains.
The trains boast refreshment facilities – a tea and coffee machine and a snack-vending machine as well as a water dispenser.
The modern carriages will also have a number of other new features including air-conditioning, better lighting, baby-changing facilities, easy-to-open doors and more relaxing décor.
Other improvements at some Wairarapa stations will see some platforms lengthened and in some cases adjusted for height. There will also be more parking spaces and new station lighting and security, including closed circuit television cameras at certain stations.
A specially-chartered service from Masterton arrived in Wellington at 9.20am on May 14, officially marking the arrival of the first new carriages on the Wairarapa Line in 60 years.
Notes for editors
- Matarawa Station - this is positive news, so you might want to include it into the release above.
We are pleased to advise that Matarawa Station opened, with a brand new platform, on 7 June 2007.
- Renall Street Station is closed while a new shelter and platform are being constructed. The station will be re-opened in early July 2007. Please use Masterton or Solway station during this period.
- Upgrades to other Wairarapa station platforms until 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 and we will keep you updated on progress.
- Greater Wellington Regional Council apologises for any inconvenience the platform work causes. The improvements will help ensure a better train experience is on its way.
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