Trains pop­u­lar

Central Leader - - News -

Soar­ing petrol prices have helped push more Auck­lan­ders on to pub­lic trans­port.

Lat­est fig­ures from the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil show over­all pub­lic trans­port use up by 4.4 per­cent on last year.

Rail use jumped by 30 per­cent in June and July on the same time last year. New trains are on the way to meet the ex­tra de­mand.

Bus fig­ures are up by just un­der 3 per­cent, af­ter re­main­ing stagnant for sev­eral years.

Chair­man Mike Lee says the growth is likely to in­crease as trans­port is made faster and more re­li­able.

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