48th Matangi train com­pletes com­muter fleet

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The last of Welling­ton re­gion’s 48 new Matangi trains passed all the tests last week and the trains are now all avail­able for pas­sen­ger ser­vice.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil chair­per­son Fran Wilde was de­lighted to reach the mile­stone.

‘‘The Matangi are a huge in­vest­ment and un­der­stand­ably have taken a lot of time to plan, de­sign and de­liver. It’s won­der­ful that they’re now all up and run­ning.

‘‘The new trains are be­com­ing a fa­mil­iar sight around the re­gion and we’re con­tin­u­ing to get fan- tas­tic feed­back from pas­sen­gers. They’re en­joy­ing the smooth and quiet ride, the big win­dows, the air-con­di­tion­ing, the in­for­ma­tion screens that tell you what the next sta­tion is and the low floor area de­signed es­pe­cially for peo­ple with wheel­chairs, mo­bil­ity scoot­ers or bug­gies.’’

On-time per­for­mance for Tranz Metro has risen sig­nif­i­cantly over the past few months to over 90 per cent,’’ says Tranz Metro man­ager Scott Brooks.

‘‘The in­creased use of Matangi trains has cer­tainly had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on our punc­tu­al­ity per­form- ance, and this has been par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent in the last few months as even more Matangi have been com­mis­sioned for ser­vice.

The Matangi fleet is set to in­crease as Greater Welling­ton has de­cided to pur­sue the pur­chase of 35 more Matangi trains.

Ms Wilde says even with all the cur­rent Matangi trains, some of the older Ganz Mavag trains are still needed to meet peak-hour de­mand.

A sec­ond batch of Matangi trains is pro­posed for de­liv­er­ies start­ing in 2015.

Fi­nal test: Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil Matangi en­gi­neers Hamish Burns and Luke Gib­bons put the last of the new Matangi trains through its paces.

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