Coun­cil shells out for 17 new trains

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ADAM JA­COB­SON

Auck­land will have 17 new elec­tric trains in op­er­a­tion by 2019.

Auck­land Coun­cil ap­proved the $207 mil­lion pur­chase as pas­sen­ger use across the ex­ist­ing train network in­creased rapidly.

The trains will re­place ex­ist­ing diesel trains be­tween Pa­pakura and Pukekohe.

Auck­land mayor Phil Goff said de­liv­er­ing a re­li­able and ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port network was a pri­or­ity.

‘‘It will help re­lieve con­ges­tion, which is cost­ing our city bil­lions of dol­lars in lost pro­duc­tiv­ity, lower our city’s emis­sions pro­file and make Auck­land a great place to live,’’ Goff said.

Auck­lan­ders pub­lic trans­port de­mand in­creased by 17 per cent in the last year.

Pukekohe would now re­ceive elec­tric trains five years earlier than was planned, he said.

Fi­nance and Per­for­mance Com­mit­tee deputy chair Des­ley Simp­son said the de­ci­sion to pur­chase the new trains would have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on Auck­land’s rail network.

How­ever, there was dis­ap­point­ment fund­ing was not in­cor­po­rated into the re­cently com­pleted an­nual bud­get, she said.

A num­ber of Con­di­tions are re­quired for the pur­chas­ing in­clud­ing a com­mit­ment by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency to fund at least 50 per cent of the pur­chase price. and op­er­a­tional ex­penses.

SI­MON MAUDE/STUFF

The new elec­tric trains will be in op­er­a­tion by 2019.

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