Performance boost on Capital Connection
Despite facing the squeeze from operator KiwiRail, the Capital Connection has been arriving on time this year.
Figures released by the government-owned rail operator show the daily train between Palmerston North and Wellington has mostly hit its performance target this year.
That target is to get 90 per cent of trains to arrive within 10 minutes of their scheduled time.
Since May this has been met, with 98 per cent of trains reaching their target in June and October.
Toward the end of last year, and early this year, the figure hovered around 75 per cent.
Figures also show the train was on average 1.3 minutes late in October – compared with 10.8 mins in January.
On the Manawatu Standard Facebook page yesterday, commuters seemed happy with the train's performance.
"It's always on time," said Marilyn Isabel Gilchrist, while Cassie Rowe agreed, adding it was her favourite form of transport.
A statement from a KiwiRail spokeswoman said the 90 per cent target was "the same benchmark used by other international operators for long-distance commuter services".
Delays earlier in the year were caused by upgrades to the Kapiti section of the railway line which had since been completed, she said.
After putting the train on trial for six months following the extension of Wellington metro trains to Waikanae, KiwiRail said the service was no longer profitable.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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