26 May 2010

Passenger trips on Wellington trains down 124,000

6:02 am on 26 May 2010

Passenger trip numbers on Wellington's rail network fell by about 125,000 in the first three months of this year compared with last year.

KiwiRail attributes the drop of almost 4.5% to train breakdowns and disruption during major upgrading work.

Chief executive Jim Quinn says the problems with reliability have been regrettable.

He says the problems should be eliminated when the $500 million upgrade is finished next year.

Bus to replace some trains during the upgrade and as a result of breakdowns, have to date cost KiwiRail $2.9 million, excluding GST.