Lower fare, bet­ter ser­vice may boost Wyn­yard tram

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS LEE

The price of a ride on Wyn­yard Quar­ter’s con­tro­ver­sial $8 mil­lion her­itage tram ser­vice has been slashed in a bid to get more bums on seats this sum­mer.

Ser­vice will re­sume for the water­front tram loop on Sun­day after it was sus­pended in May last year be­cause of road­works on Daldy and Halsey streets.

An adult ticket now costs $2 – cut from $5 last year and a huge de­par­ture from the orig­i­nal fare of $10.

The trams will run on Fri­days and week­ends up un­til Christ­mas Day when the ser­vice is closed.

They’ll then op­er­ate daily from Box­ing Day un­til the ser­vice is tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended in late Jan­uary for road­works to Pak­en­ham and Mad­den streets.

The 15-minute loop has come un­der crit­i­cism for strug­gling to at­tract pas­sen­gers with its limited cir­cuit since it was first in­tro­duced in Au­gust 2011.

It cost $8 mil­lion to set up and op­er­ated at a loss of $139,000 in its first eight months.

Water­front Auck­land spokesman Luke Hen­shall says lower ticket prices are an in­cen­tive to at­tract more pas­sen­gers.

The daily hours have also been re­duced with trams run­ning un­til 4pm each day rather than 5pm.

‘‘We’ve had a chance to re­view what works best and this seems to be more in keep­ing with lev­els of pa­tron­age,’’ he says.

‘‘We’re con­fi­dent it will at­tract more rid­ers es­pe­cially over sum­mer.’’

Hen­shall says the area has also been vis­ually en­hanced while the two trams have been in stor­age.

The trams, built in 1926 and 1927, can carry a to­tal of 86 peo­ple around Halsey, Gaunt, Daldy and Jel­li­coe streets.

Back on board: Wyn­yard Quar­ter’s her­itage trams are back in ser­vice this week after more than a year in stor­age.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.