Council shells out for 17 new trains
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.
The new electric trains will be in operation by 2019.