Will the train ar­riv­ing on plat­form 1 be on time?

Auck­land is fa­mous for many things but a high-per­form­ing public trans­port ser­vice is not one of them. But the tide could be about to change with elec­tric trains set to start rolling. The speaks to rail com­muters ahead of the changes to find out what they

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

TRAIN users rid­ing the Western Line into the city are giv­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence mixed re­views.

The Auck­land rail sys­tem is poised for a dra­matic im­prove­ment as 85km of track is read­ied for elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, and the first of 57 new trains be­ing built in Spain is set to ar­rive in Septem­ber.

But one reg­u­lar com­muter says there are kinks in the sys­tem that need iron­ing out if it is to be a gen­uinely re­li­able ser­vice.

Fourth-year ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent Jeremy Bai­ley takes the train two or three times a week into the city to get to his classes at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity.

The Piha res­i­dent Morn­ing­side sta­tion.

‘‘I re­ally like tak­ing the train, it’s cheaper than driv­ing and pay­ing for park­ing and you can sit qui­etly and work or read,’’ he says.

‘‘I feel sorry for peo­ple who can’t take public trans­port be­cause it isn’t a vi­able op­tion.’’

But train travel is not with­out its prob­lems and Mr Bai­ley says he is of­ten late for ap­point­ments.

Sys­tems fail­ures and var­i­ous other prob­lems have fre­quently brought the ser­vice to a grind­ing halt.

‘‘I know you come across un­fore­seen prob­lems some­times but it hap­pens reg­u­larly.

‘‘I think if we can get the Cen­tral

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