Push for trains to Huapai continues despite sale
The Public Transport Users Association isn’t backing down on getting trains to Huapai.
Auckland Transport (AT) announced on August 25 that eight diesel trains were being shipped to Mozambique in Africa.
The trains serviced the majority of Auckland for 20 years until 2014.
But the north-west was still lacking a train service and the PTUA had been pushing for the diesel trains to be used for a service from Swanson out to Huapai.
PTUA chairwoman Christine Rose said it was ‘‘quite ironic’’ that trains that could be used on the network had been sold.
‘‘We could have used it on our own third-world infrastructure,’’ she said.
But the PTUA was being optimistic, she said.
Rose said the campaign remained live, especially because the council had given the ‘‘go-ahead’’ to obtain more trains giving the opportunity for the service to get brand new trains.
AT’s James Ireland said there was no current plans to sell the diesel trains currently used on the Papakura to Pukekohe line when they are replaced by electric trains. Rose said these trains could be an option for the Huapai service.
PTUA members Christine Rose and Jon Reeves at the railway line that travels through Kumeu.