Fare hikes de­layed

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Fare in­creases pro­posed for Welling­ton’s buses and trains, due to take ef­fect from Septem­ber, have been post­poned.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s eco­nomic well­be­ing com­mit­tee over­sees pub­lic trans­port, and chair­man Peter Glen­sor says ne­go­ti­a­tions with some op­er­a­tors about the fare in­creases are tak­ing longer than ex­pected.

‘‘Get­ting to a place where ev­ery­one is sat­is­fied with the changes al­ways takes a sub­stan­tial amount of time, but this year dis­cus­sions are tak­ing longer than we had ex­pected. We’re hop­ing that ne­go­ti­a­tions will be com­pleted soon.’’

Al­though a spe­cific date can­not be set, he says it will not be Oc­to­ber 1, as it would be too con­fus­ing for the thou­sands of vis­i­tors ex­pected to the re­gion around then for the Rugby World Cup.

Mr Glen­sor says peo­ple who have al­ready bought Septem­ber monthly rail passes at the higher rate will be re­funded.

The pro­posed fare in­crease in­volves a 5 per cent in­crease to stored value cards, 10-trip tick­ets and monthly passes for buses and trains. There are also changes to some spe­cial John­sonville train fares and cash fares for zones 10-14 (be­tween Welling­ton, Waikanae and Wairarapa).

There will be no changes to all other fares set by GWRC. Mr Glen­sor says the in­crease will gen­er­ate an in­crease of about 3 per cent in over­all rev­enue.

‘‘Like the cost of ev­ery­thing else, the cost of run­ning pub­lic trans­port is in­creas­ing, so fares need to in­creaseto meet those costs.’’

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