For the next three years anyway. The campaign press release:
“Capital Connection passengers were thrilled this evening to hear that KiwiRail has decided to continue operating the commuter service for at least another three years.
“This is a wonderful outcome,” says Save the Capital Connection
spokesperson Marilyn Stephens.
“It wasn’t just the passengers but our whole region that stood up and refused to let the train die without a fight.
“We have worked incredibly hard lobbying the regional councils, NZTA, KiwiRail and Government to get this victory.
“It has become a real labour of love with passengers working together on the train to work out our strategy and formulate our arguments in favour keeping the train.
“Getting the support of the regional councils was the turning point. Their financial commitment not only demonstrated their commitment to continuing the service, it showed the Government that our region was serious about keeping the train.
“We want to thank everyone who has been involved in this long-running
campaign. We have something special to celebrate tonight!”