Capital Connection decision delayed

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 15:29 04/09/2012

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The NZ Transport Agency has delayed a decision on whether to bail out the Capital Connection rail service.

The agency expected to complete its assessment of a Greater Wellington Regional Council business case to save the service, by the end of August.

However central regional director Jenny Chetwynd said the agency was in further contact with the regional council ''to clarify some of the figures''.

''The decision is not just one about NZTA funding. The business case raises wider issues concerning ownership of the rolling stock and other assets, and whether any continued service would be managed as part of the Tranz Metro network. These all need to be worked through together.''

Ms Chetwynd said this means another two to three weeks before a decision is made

''It is important that the right decision is made, based on a thorough understanding of the facts. In the meantime, we understand the service will continue, and that if the service was closed, and no decision has been made on this to date, passengers would be given at least 30 days' notice.''

The case would see Greater Wellington, and Horizons regional councils chip in about half the amount needed to keep the service operating - the agency would provide the rest.

Greater Wellington would incorporate the Capital Connection into its Tranz Metro service, including taking ownership of the service's carriages.

The service has been struggling since the metro rail was extended to Waikanae in 2011.

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