Horizons Regional Council, in conjunction with a number of lower North Island
councils, has submitted a business case to the Minister of Transport to seek
support for the Capital Connection commuter train service.
The Capital Connection, which travels dailybetween Palmerston North and
Wellington return, is seen as a vital link between the two regions.
Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon says the business case was presented to
Minister Simon Bridges by representatives of a rail working group from
Horowhenua, Manawatu, and Kapiti Coast District Councils, Palmerston North
City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Horizons.
He says “This group has been working closely together for the past three years
to look at options for continuing a passenger rail service between Palmerston
North and Wellington beyond June 2018.
Mr Gordon says the current funding period ends in June 2018.
The working group hope to hear back from Minister Bridges prior to the election.
The business case was sent to all government parties.