Coun­cil buys trains

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One of New Zealand’s big­gest ever used ve­hi­cle trans­ac­tions took place last Tues­day.

Greater Welling­ton chair­woman Fran Wilde and Trans­port Min­is­ter Steven Joyce signed a deal giv­ing the coun­cil own­er­ship of the Ki­wiRail’s 40 Ganz Mavag sub­ur­ban rail unit pairs, the main­te­nance build­ings and all sta­tions ex­cept Welling­ton.

Un­der the deal, the gov­ern­ment will fund up­grad­ing the rest of Welling­ton’s rail net­work, the parts that were not es­sen­tial for the new Matangi trains.

Mr Joyce said nei­ther party had got all it wanted, but close’’.

‘‘There is a say­ing – if you’re do­ing a deal and both sides walk away feel­ing slightly bruised then you’ve prob­a­bly done a pretty good deal.

‘‘And I think in this sit­u­a­tion both sides would say there has been a lot of push and pull.’’

Ms Wilde said, ‘‘Hell froze af­ter a few times dur­ing the course of this long ne­go­ti­a­tion, but we got there in the end.’’

For its part, the re­gional coun­cil will be­gin re­fur­bish­ing the 29year-old trains in the next few months, at an es­ti­mated cost of

‘‘ pretty $ 80 mil­lion, and up­grade the sta­tions.

Ms Wilde said there was a process to be worked through be­fore the Ganz Mav­ags could be re­fur­bished, but the work looked al­most cer­tain to go the Hutt work­shops.

Greater Welling­ton trans­port divi­sion man­ager Wayne Hastie said later the coun­cil had to go through the ap­pro­pri­ate steps and cost ben­e­fit analy­ses, and sat­isfy con­di­tions for New Zealand Trans­port Agency fund­ing.

‘‘We are talk­ing a mat­ter of months,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s months not years away.’’

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