Ex­tra week­end train ser­vices soon

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Week­end train travel is set to im­prove.

Auck­land Trans­port is in­creas­ing com­muter train ser­vices from Oc­to­ber 29, with more sched­uled trips for One­hunga.

Week­end ser­vices will leave ear­lier fol­low­ing im­prove­ments to ser­vice de­liv­ery over the past nine months and will help to fur­ther im­prove punc­tu­al­ity across the net­work.

An ex­tra night ser­vice to One­hunga on Satur­day and Sun­day nights has also been added, with the last train from Brit­o­mart de­part­ing at 11.41pm on Satur­day and 10.11pm on Sun­day.

Ser­vice on the Western Line will also be im­proved, dou­bling week­end ser­vices to the west to cope with de­mand.

Auck­land Trans­port pub­lic trans­port man­ager Mark Lam­bert says de­mand for bet­ter Western Line sched­ules has been ev­i­dent for sev­eral years.

The Western Line will get half hourly ser­vices on Satur­day and Sun­day be­tween Brit­o­mart and Swanson west­bound from 8am to 6pm and east­bound from 9.20am to 7.20pm. Cur­rently there is an hourly ser­vice on the week­end and only as far as Hen­der­son on a Sun­day.

Th­ese changes will also ex­tend Sun­day ser­vices to Sturges Rd, Ranui and Swanson sta­tions.

As well as the timetable changes, buses will re­place trains on some week­ends and evenings to en­able Ki­wiRail to con­tinue to pre­pare the Auck­land rail net­work for the ar­rival of the new elec­tric trains. Check the timetable be­fore trav­el­ling.

Train changes: Ex­tra ser­vices are set to ben­e­fit com­muter train pas­sen­gers.

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