Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Waitati gets a daily commuter train, albeit only for a day

Waitati gets a daily commuter train, albeit only for a day

by the editors

A suburban train will run from Waitati to Dunedin on Wednesday, March
18, when commuters will be encouraged to walk or take public transport
to work, Bill Campbell reported in the 'Otago Daily Times' last month
[23 February to be exact, which is this month if you are reading this
before next month].

A fare of $5 per train journey would be charged, Dunedin City Council
events and sustainable travel co-ordinator Charlotte Flaherty told the
newspaper.

People would be encouraged to travel by bus and on foot to work from
other parts of Dunedin, while another train will run from Mosgiel.
Commuters will be offered breakfast (hot cross bun or similar, and
coffee or tea, provided by Dunedin businesses. There will also be spot
prizes, a live radio broadcast and entertainers from the Fringe
Festival (stilt walkers, hula hoopers, fire eaters).

The North Line passenger train will leave Waitati at 7.45am and stop,
if required, for passengers at Purakaunui, Sawyers Bay and St
Leonards, Taieri Gorge Railway operations manager Grant Craig said.
The return train to Waitati will leave the Dunedin Railway Station at
5pm, with similar stops to the morning service.

Car pools will leave from towns to the north of Waitati as follows:
Palmerston (near the station) 7.00am; Waikouaiti (near the old station
site) 7.10am; Karitane Hall 7.10am; Seacliff Market 7.20am; Warrington
Hall 7.30am.

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