Kāpiti Coast mayoral candidate Gwynn Compton has welcomed the government’s announcement of the $6.4 billion Let’s Get Wellington Moving plan for transport infrastructure in Wellington City which will benefit the many Kāpiti Coasters who commute into the city daily. But Mr Compton is also calling for more clarity about the hinted at improvements to rail mentioned in the document, with action needed sooner rather than later on adding additional capacity to the rail network and extending commuter rail north to Ōtaki.
“Up to a third of Kāpiti Coasters commute out of the district for work, and the vast majority of them head into Wellington City. So the announcement today by Transport Minister Phil Twyford of the $6.4 billion Let’s Get Wellington Moving plan to improve transport around Wellington’s CBD is good news for the city and will provide some benefit to Kāpiti’s commuters,” says Mr Compton.
“However, with Kāpiti’s population set to grow significantly due to Transmission Gully’s opening, which will see more cars heading into Wellington, our public transport infrastructure needs to keep up with that growth too. Our peak hour trains are already at capacity with too few carriages and drivers to provide additional services, let alone cope with maintenance demands.
“There’s a clear need to invest in additional Matangi units, more drivers, and to finally get rail double tracking and electrification to Ōtaki underway so that commuter rail services can be extended further north. Demand for public transport on the Kāpiti Coast is only going to grow and we need action on it sooner rather than later to avoid undoing the good work from Let’s Get Wellington Moving.”