The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s (GWRC) public transport arm MetLink has announced a new train timetable.

Incorporating a 20 minute off-peak frequency, it will be implemented on the Hutt Valley and Kapiti lines from Sunday 15 July 2018 to coincide with the start of most of the new bus timetables.

For Kapiti residents the new timetable means that from around 8.00 am through to 3.00 pm on week days there will be a train to Wellington every 20 minutes.

There will be a corresponding increase in departure options in this off-peak period from Wellington back to Kapiti. Connections for Kapiti Line users with other lines at Wellington Railway Station have also improved.

Some other adjustments

There are some adjustments to peak period rail services including an additional  commuter train from Waikanae to Wellington departing 6.48 am on weekdays.

This new service is not shown in the new Kapiti Line timetable now available to download from the Metlink website.

In the evenings on weekdays trains will be every 30 minutes from Wellington to Waikanae until 11.14 pm.

Full article on the Kapiti Independent News website

It’s a mixed blessing, of course — on one hand it’s good for commuters to the south, on the other hand it means more congestion at the Elizabeth Street level crossing.  And unless there’s a new council elected next year that wants to improve infrastructure instead of dishing out millions of dollars a year to lawyers, Auckland-based consultants, on a huge surfeit of staff and to various social clubs, that situation is going to get increasingly worse.