Lengthy-awaited practice service between Waikato and Auckland begins

Te Huia commuter train service between Waikato and Auckland.

2021-04-06 00:13:56

After years within the making, a brand new commuter service between Waikato and Auckland is lastly underneath approach.

Te Huia commuter train service between Waikato and Auckland.

Inside the brand new Te Huia practice.
Picture: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

Te Huia service pulled out of Hamilton for the primary time this morning.

It will likely be operating twice every weekday morning, and again once more within the late afternoon and night.

Te Huia train

The brand new Te Huia practice leaving Hamilton on Tuesday morning.
Picture: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

The practice begins at Frankton and stops at The Base and Huntly earlier than arriving in Papakura in simply over an hour and a half.

From there, commuters switch to Auckland public transport to finish their journey.

Every of the 2 trains has 4 carriages which may carry as much as 150 passengers.

Sunny Witana, who is driving the second train to Auckland.

Sunny Witana who’s driving the second practice to Auckland.
Picture: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

The $90 million practice service is a five-year trial and consists of journeys on chosen Saturdays, which will probably be free for SuperGold card holders.

It’s estimated the trains will take away as much as 73,000 return automobile journeys between the 2 cities yearly.

Mercy, centre, who turns 17 today, is celebrating her birthday with family by going on her very first trip on a train.

Mercy, centre, who turns 17 as we speak, is celebrating her birthday with household by happening her first journey on a practice, taking the Te Huia service on its first day.
Picture: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

Ben is planning to commute to Papakura about three times a week. He says it will make his commute time more useful, and hopes demand is strong enough for it to be extended

Ben is planning to commute to Papakura about 3 times every week. He says it is going to make his commuting time extra helpful, and hopes demand for the practice service is powerful sufficient for it to be prolonged.
Picture: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

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