25 Jul 2012

Hope held for retention of rail service

12:46 pm on 25 July 2012

Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council is optimistic that Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee will choose to save the Capital Connection rail service.

A council delegation met Mr Brownlee on Tuesday night to discuss the service which carries about 13,000 people between Palmerston North and Wellington every month.

The service is losing about $500,000 per year and KiwiRail says it may cancel it.

Wellington and Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Councils are pledging to subsidise the service if the Transport Agency does the same. The agency refuses.

Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council chair Bruce Gordon says the meeting with the minister went well and he was very receptive to their business plan.