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What Time is the Train on Saturday?

2nd Oct 19

In July 2018, we reported on the possibility of a commuter train between Hamilton and Auckland being talked about between the New Zealand Transport Agency and various Councils and in December 2018, the business case and funding were approved.

KiwiRail is busy refurbishing carriages for the service and it is planned that the operation will begin mid 2020.  KiwiRail has already refurbished three locomotives that will pull the train and they are currently working on the refurbishment of 11 carriages.

It is planned that the route will start off at the Frankton Station and continue through to The Base.  From there, the train will go on to Huntly and stop at Papakura, where those passengers wanting to carry on to Auckland, would change over to one of Auckland's electric trains and carry on through to Britomart and the various stops along the way.

The train service will initially start with two morning runs, leaving Hamilton at around 6am and 6.30am and returning at around 5.30pm and 6.30pm, with a cost of around $40 per passenger for a return trip.  The train service would start with four carriages, which can carry 150 passengers each way however, as demand increases, the carriages are expected to be increased to five, carrying up to 200 passengers.

There are also plans to provide a train service from Hamilton to Auckland and back again on Saturdays.  It has not yet been decided what time the train will depart Hamilton or return from Auckland, and the Waikato Regional Council are looking for public opinion as to what times would be the most sought after.

To have your say on what time you think is best for the Saturday train to run, click here.

At this stage, the commuter train will be run on a five year trial, at which stage, the operation will be reassessed for viability.


For more detailed information about the Hamilton to Auckland train, visit the NZ Herald article.




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