WHERE ARE WE AT WITH A REVAMP? P6 & 7
Rail Link built it will help immensely. Our whole public transport system needs to be reworked to make it all sync up.’’
Mr Bailey has been living overseas and says Auckland is lagging behind.
‘‘Around the world a subway system is essential to making a city work. If we want to move forward I think we need to improve things to get people into the city. I love living in Piha but travel can be a bit difficult. I would love to live in the city but it’s just too expensive.’’
Commuters waiting for Western Line trains at Kingsland on Friday reported a range of issues with the service, but overall found catching the train into the city the best transport option.
Kingsland resident Amee Allaway catches the train every day, usually aiming to be aboard at 7.27am.
‘‘I used to catch the bus but my work changed location so I have been catching the train for about two months,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a lot more convenient than the bus which is a nightmare.’’
She says the train is regularly delayed but only for a few minutes.
‘‘I think what’s happening is Newmarket is the hub and we have to stay there and wait. If the train didn’t have to go through Newmarket that delay wouldn’t happen.’’
Sandringham man Jorn Lieskounig, another daily user, says his main complaint is not with the trains, but the method of payment.
‘‘Generally it’s pretty good. The earlier trains are a bit crowded when there are less carriages but overall it’s not too bad. We’ve been caught out a couple of times with late trains but it’s only by a few minutes.’’
The one complaint he does have is with the tagging system, which on occasion has not allowed him to ‘‘tag off’’, resulting in being charged as though he had ridden the train to Waitakare. He is still waiting for a refund.