25 Nov 2011

KiwiRail states commitment to Capital Connection

8:24 am on 25 November 2011

KiwiRail says it will do whatever it can to keep the Capital Connection train service running.

Patronage on the commuter service between Palmerston North and Wellington has fallen by 10% since other commuter trains began servicing Paraparaumu and Waikanae in February.

A Kiwirail spokesperson Tom Evers-Swindell says the company is losing hundreds of dollars a day and needs another 40 passengers each day to break even.

He says attempts will be made to attract more passengers from the Levin area, as well as possibly adding a stop at Porirua.

Mr Evers-Swindell says KiwiRail will not give up on the Capital Connection and will review how the service is performing at Easter.