Archive for: Matangi

More Matangi In Service

More Matangi In Service

Today, Matangi services more than doubled on the Kapiti and Hutt Valley lines – increasing from the current 14 daily return trips to more than 30 return trips...

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Spain 57 South Korea 0

Spain 57 South Korea 0

Auckland is getting electric trains from Spain. The announcement was to have been made this afternoon but negotiations between the Spanish company and Auckland Transport...

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Matangi Now on Kapiti Line

Matangi Now on Kapiti Line

Wellington’s new Matangi trains are now in passenger service on the Kapiti Line, which runs from Waikanae to Wellington. They are running a morning peak hour...

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Replacement Parts For Matangi

Replacement Parts For Matangi

KiwiRail reports that replacement auxiliary power units are being freighted to Wellington to overcome the fault which led to new Matangi Metro passenger units being...

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Matangi’s Slow Rollout

Matangi’s Slow Rollout

By the end of this week 40% of the new Matangi fleet will have arrived in Wellington. The rollout of the Wellington trains is still a very long drawn out affair. They...

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Real State Of Wgtn Rail

Real State Of Wgtn Rail

A Treasury briefing paper reveals the sad state of Wellington’s commuter rail network – despite the arrival of the new Matangi trains. It will take 8...

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Matangi Faulty

Matangi Faulty

All five new Matangi trains that have been introduced on the Wellington commuter run so far have been withdrawn from service after an electrical fault was discovered. The...

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Inside The Matangis

Inside The Matangis

Reader Jim Curtis has taken a ride on the new Wellington Matangis and says he was impressed with the speed of acceleration. Here are his photos:

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Wgtn 5% Fare Rise Planned

Wgtn 5% Fare Rise Planned

A 5% fare rise on multi-trip tickets may be confirmed by the Wellington Regional Council tomorrow. It’s known at least 3 councillors will oppose the plan until...

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New Wellington Train Contract

New Wellington Train Contract

The contract Auckland train operator Veolia has with Auckland Transport is being used to help frame a new contract for the provision of Wellington’s passenger...

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Matangi Rollout Still Slow

Matangi Rollout Still Slow

The implementation of Wellington’s new Matangi trains is still slow – a sign of what Auckland may expect when the city’s new electric trains eventually...

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Auckland’s New Spanish Trains?

Auckland’s New Spanish Trains?

A consortium of Madrid-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A./  and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation are in the running to build Auckland’s...

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New Electrics Will Be Running In 2013

New Electrics Will Be Running In 2013

Transport Minister Steven Joyce says he still expects to see Auckland’s first trains on the ground and operational from 2013. AKT reported earlier that KiwiRail...

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A Better Wellington

A Better Wellington

In a week in which one MP calls Wellington’s service a shambles and even buses have to replace some peak-time trains because of overcrowding, it’s exciting...

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MP: Wellington Trains “A Shambles”

MP: Wellington Trains “A Shambles”

A Wellington MP today labelled Wellington’s train services “a total shambles.” Ohariu MP and UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne said that with unclipped...

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What’s Up With Matangi?

What’s Up With Matangi?

I’m surprised Wellington readers have not reported how they are enjoying the sparkling new Matangi trains which began running as promised in February, early...

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Wgtn Train Ban On Cycles

Wgtn Train Ban On Cycles

Wellington cyclists wanting to carry their bike on trains are being urged to buy a folding bike instead, now the new trains are being introduced. This is especially...

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Battle To Save Muri

Battle To Save Muri

In Wellington, a small community is battling to save its railway station which is used by only 30 people a day. Those affected still have a Pukerua Bay station they...

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Big Changes To Wellington Rail

Big Changes To Wellington Rail

The Government, the Greater Wellington Regional Council and NZTA have agreed in principle a package deal that will complete the rebuild of Wellington commuter rail...

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New Ganz, Matangi, Waikanae -Photos

New Ganz, Matangi, Waikanae -Photos

600 people had the chance to get on board and look around the newly refurbished Ganz Mavag unit and a four-car Matangi train when Wellington’s commuter rail...

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Wellington’s State Of Play

Wellington’s State Of Play

With north Wellington’s Waikanae open at the weekend and Matangi trains running soon, Wellington’s long winters of discontent will be coming to an end...

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A quieter day on a Wellington train in the past

Revamped Ganz Mavag Ready

Wellington’s first recently refurbished Ganz Mavag train is going to be shown off publicly tomorrow week (Sat Feb 19), at the official opening of the new Wellington...

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Goodbye Paraparaumu, Hello Kapiti

Goodbye Paraparaumu, Hello Kapiti

In a few weeks, Wellington train commuters will see the start of the big year of improvements to their service. It’s farewell to the familiar name of the Paraparaumu...

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DomPost On Wellington’s Trains

DomPost On Wellington’s Trains

Now it’s Wellington’s Dominion Post’s turn this morning to editorialise about that city’s train service. And it does a fair summary of the...

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Electric Masts, New Matangis

Electric Masts, New Matangis

While the anti-rail New Zealand Road Transport Herald continues to say closing rail at this time proves we don’t need rail here, Auckland and Wellington are...

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