Sustainable Transport Committee to receive Wairarapa rail investigation report

18 June 

The Greater Wellington Regional Council-ordered Investigation of Wairarapa Rail Services report will be received by the Sustainable Transport Committee during Wednesday’s meeting (20 June, 2018).

The SNC-Lavalin report was commissioned by the Council in March 2018 following a series of delays and interruptions on the Wairarapa Line. Investigators were asked to look at the current rolling stock and make recommendations to improving reliability.

“We had a period of sustained mechanical issues on the Wairarapa Line late last year and earlier this year. To better understand the issues we implemented an investigation into the rolling stock to see what improvement could be made, ” says GW manager, rail operations Angus Gabara.

The report makes a number of recommendations around improving communications between rail operators, maintenance processes and access to carriages for maintenance. The recommendations will be followed through as part of an improved work programme between the council’s rail operators.

“Many of the recommendations have already been implemented through an ongoing work programme with our rail operators which has seen improvements. Since this report was commissioned we have seen a 19% reduction in rolling stock failures and we have seen increased reliability of the Wairarapa Service,” says Mr Gabara.

“Council will continue to work with our rail operators to find ways to improve our service to Wairarapa passengers.”