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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Rail upgrade: great news!

Two Matangi units. Photo from TVNZ.
Looks like blogging does have an impact... after I'd argued for upgrades to the track between Trentham and Upper Hutt the other day TVNZ reports today that:
...a second track laid between Trentham and Upper Hutt. Improvements are also planned for Upper Hutt and Plimmerton stations, and for the park and ride car parks on the Kapiti and Hutt Valley lines.
 Good. The track duplication will enable more regular train services, and as I wrote the other day, the stations at Taita and Upper Hutt have just been cleared for asbestos meaning they can be safely upgraded.

Of course this isn't really due to my blogging, but a decision made by Greater Wellington Regional Council to go ahead with plans they'd already drawn up. So it's pleasing to see an authority that follows through on its long-term plans... if only NZTA would pick up on that with the SH58 upgrade!