Trains to stop at Paraparaumu once again

Last updated 17:11 20/09/2012

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Just months after axing Paraparaumu from its Northern Explorer train service, KiwiRail has reinstated the Kapiti stop.

KiwiRail announced today the service between Wellington and Auckland will again include Paraparaumu - to accommodate ''a large catchment'' of northern Wellington people.

Passenger general manager Deborah Hume said since the revamped Overlander service launched there have been requests to reinstate Paraparaumu.

"KiwiRail has previously stated that it would be happy to increase the number of stops on the Northern Explorer should there be a demonstrated demand for it.

"We believe the number of people wanting to catch the service from...north Wellington warrants this.''

Papakura was also added to the Northern Explorer stop - with both stations covering a large catchment, Ms Hume said.

''The additional stops also mean that intending passengers from Auckland south and Wellington north do not have to travel from their homes or hotels into the city during the morning peak period, or back again in the afternoon peak at the end of the journey.''

The Papakura and Paraparaumu stops will be launched on October 15, in time for the summer season.

KiwiRail does not anticipate they will have any ''significant'' impact on the service's current timetable.

There are no fare changes as both stops have common rated fares with Auckland and Wellington.
In June KiwiRail replaced the Overlander with the Northern Explorer, axing 12 stops from its service including Paraparaumu and Levin.
The Northern Explorer runs from Auckland on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and from Wellington on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The timetable operates year-round - six days a week.
Ms Hume said the stops, including Paraparaumu, would increase sales options, and offer a more attractive service.

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