TRANSPORT

ARTA adds additional train carriages and services to manage continued increase in rail patronage

Wednesday 15 October 2008, 7:37PM
By Auckland Regional Transport Authority
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AUCKLAND

In response to increases in rail patronage and to further improve rail services, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) has now scheduled additional train services and increased the capacity of others with additional train carriages.

ARTA’s General Manager, Customer Services, Mark Lambert says, “Patronage growth on rail continues to surge: In response to this growth and for the comfort of our customers, we have now scheduled additional train services and added two new trains to the fleet. Over coming weeks, we also have additional carriages becoming available, and a further six additional trains will be added to the network in the next twenty months. A new timetable detailing the additional services will come into effect on 20 October”.

Mr Lambert says, “The 4:10pm and 4:30pm Southern Line Services from Britomart to Pukekohe have already been doubled in size, Monday to Friday. Early morning services departing from Pukekohe to Britomart at 6:02am and from Waitakere to Britomart at 6:30am have also had additional carriages added to provide increased capacity.

“Additional peak services on the Eastern Line are already in place, and additions to the Southern Line and Eastern Line Saturday late night service will also run from Monday 20th October.

Additional Service Information

On the Southern Line an additional morning peak service to Britomart will depart from Otahuhu at 8.25am; it will call at the following stations at these times (approx);

· Westfield 8:27am
· Penrose 8:32am
· Ellerslie 8:34am
· Greenlane 8:37am
· Remuera 8:40am
· Newmarket South 8:43am
· Britomart 8:52am

An additional evening service on the Southern Line will depart from Britomart for Otahuhu at 7:38pm and will call at all stations, arriving in Otahuhu at 8:01pm.

On the Eastern Line, an additional morning service departing Otahuhu for Britomart at 7:57am is already in place, as is an additional afternoon service to Otahuhu, departing Britomart at 4:05pm.

From Saturday 25th October, an additional Eastern Line late night service will depart from Britomart for Otahuhu at 12:08am on Sunday mornings; it will call at all stations and arrive at Otahuhu at 12:31am.

New timetables detailing the additional services will be available from Friday 17 October, and rail passengers can get more information from MAXX on (09) 366 6400 or at www.maxx.co.nz