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
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