12 Jan 2024

Warnings train services could be slashed due to underfunding

From Morning Report, 8:18 am on 12 January 2024

Greater Wellington Regional Council says Wellington's train services could be slashed without a significant funding increase. A fault in the train system's overhead cables on Wednesday, caused by the hot temperatures in the capital, shut down all outgoing rail services for several hours, stranding hundreds of passengers. Commuters say the fault is just one example of an increasingly unreliable network. Kiwirail is investigating what happened but local council and transport advocates say it's obvious the capital's trains are severely underfunded. Bill Hickman reports.