Friday, 16 September 2011

Rugby World Cup 2011: Waitati Train Service Tweaked

Very light bookings for the Waitati to Dunedin train service for two
of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) matches resulted in the decision to
cancel those two trips. 'The first train services to a Dunedin Rugby
World Cup 2011 match were a fantastic success', the Dunedin City
Council's RWC Transport Co-ordinator Greg Sligo said. 'However, it
was not financially viable to run the Waitati train for the England v
Georgia and England v Romania matches. We consulted with the Waitati
organisers before making this decision, and they agreed that the train
would run again only for the Ireland v Italy game on 2 October, which
is expected to sell out.'

People who hold tickets for the canceled services are being contacted
where possible and can claim a refund from Taieri Gorge Railway or the
Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Centre.
An additional bus will be put on from Palmerston for all those who
wish to use public transport to the matches. Bookings for the bus can
be made by phoning Dunedin Passenger Transport Ltd on 03 474 1669.

Greg said that the Mosgiel to Dunedin and Waitati to Dunedin train
services were well used for the first match, and feedback from all
those who travelled aboard had been positive. Almost 300 people used
the Mosgiel service and about 130 were on the Waitati train. The
Dunedin City Council is underwriting the cost of the trains.

For more information, please contact:
Greg Sligo
DCC RWC Transport Co-ordinator
021 819397

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