24 Dec 2010

Capital's new trains make first run

10:30 am on 24 December 2010

Wellington's long-suffering rail commuters have been given a reason to be optimistic, with the first running of the region's new trains.

One of the 48 two-car Matangi units travelled on the Hutt line on Thursday morning with passengers on board.

The trains are part of the wider $550 million Wellington rail upgrade project, which began in 2008.

Wellington Regional Council chairwoman Fran Wilde says it is a big milestone.

She says the trains, which are being made in Korea at a cost of $235 million, will all be delivered by 2012.