Re­turn trip could cost up to $40 day

Hamilton News - - NEWS - Tom Row­land

Pas­sen­gers can ex­pect to pay up to $40 per day for a round trip on the Hamil­ton to Auck­land train ser­vice, which is ex­pected to launch in March 2020.

In the busi­ness case which came be­fore Waikato Re­gional coun­cil on Wed­nes­day, de­tails into how the train would op­er­ate were re­vealed.

The train will run from Hamil­ton’s Frank­ton sta­tion, stop­ping at a new sta­tion at The Base, be­fore stop­ping at Huntly and then Pa­pakura.

The to­tal trip time from Frank­ton would be 88 min­utes, with a $12.20 ticket one way.

The av­er­age one way fare paid by all pas­sen­gers is $9.91, but the one-way fare in­creases with the num­ber of zones you travel through. As such, those board­ing the ser­vice in Huntly and trav­el­ling to Pa­pakura will pay $7.80 and from Hamil­ton $12.20

Pas­sen­gers would then need to pur­chase a sec­ond ticket for $6.20 for a fur­ther 50 minute trip to Brit­o­mart.

There will be two morn­ing peak ser­vices from Frank­ton sta­tion to Pa­pakura be­tween 5.50am and on week­days, while the tim­ing of the ser­vices will min­imise wait-time at Pa­pakura. On start up the train will have a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 150 pas­sen­gers.

The coun­cil hopes that by year three of the ser­vice run­ning that it will reach its de­mand of 196 pas­sen­gers per day.

In the first half year the rail ser­vice is ex­pected to make $200,000, be­fore mak­ing $800,000 in year two, and over a mil­lion dol­lars in year three.

The num­ber of car­riages could rise de­pend­ing on the de­mand for the ser­vice, with the train also run­ning once on a Satur­day for the first three years, with a po­ten­tial to run on Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days from 2023.

Pas­sen­gers on the train can ex­pect the car­riages to have wi-fi, a cafe­te­ria, USB power points, toi­lets and bike racks.

If the ser­vice is a suc­cess, than fur­ther sta­tions may be op­er­a­tional in the next five to 10 years, in­clud­ing a new sta­tion in Hamil­ton Cen­tral.

The pro­vi­sion of wi-fi on the train is a mat­ter which is cur­rently be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by coun­cil staff with sup­port of Hamil­ton City coun­cil and Ki­wirail.

It has been ad­vised to coun­cil that such a ser­vice could be de­liv­ered on-board. How­ever, it will cost a large amount of money to pro­vide a fast and good qual­ity con­nec­tion.

Photo / Greg Bowker

The diesel train will op­er­ate from Hamil­ton to Pa­pakura, be­fore pas­sen­gers switch over to catch this elec­tric train to Brit­o­mart.

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