Push for trains to Hua­pai con­tin­ues de­spite sale

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - DANIELLE CLENT

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.