Train service improvements start with a business case

We know that sometime within the next decade we should have a new Expressway from Ōtaki to Levin. Now it seems there may be hope for an improved, electrified, train service in that timeframe too:

The Government is fast-tracking a bold plan to extend Wellington’s commuter network to Levin, and the growing population north of the capital.

Electrification and boosting the network beyond Waikanae will be considered as part of a $1 million business case wanted by Transport Minister Michael Wood, and welcomed by regional leaders.

KiwiRail had plans to look at the business case in three years, but Wood now wanted it started “in the coming months” and delivered next year. …

It was too early to say when work would begin or what the commuter service would look like, but it would enable more frequent and faster services, he said. …

Wood said the upgrades would include replacing 130 kilometres of railway tracks and 200km of rail “sleepers”, replacing or improving 45 bridges, and improving safety at almost 30 level crossings.

Source: Government fast-tracks plans to extend Wellington’s commuter rail network to Levin.

Should we hold our collective breaths?

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