Capital Connection Split in 2?


More regular trips to the capital could be running under a possible restructure of the Capital Connection rail service between Palmerston North and Wellington.

KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn told the Manawatu Standard the Capital Connection, which is currently under threat, could be split in half.

This would mean operating a Palmerston North to Waikanae train before commuters changed over to the Wellington metro services.

This could see more frequent services between Palmerston North and Waikanae, he said.

“Just having one service a day is frustrating.”




  1. Bevan says:

    Hmm, but the metro services would then probably stop at every station, unlike the capital connection that whisks you speedily past the suburbs as a limited stop service…
    Better than losing it all together I suppose

  2. Ian says:

    A number of the Metro services are limited stop services so this may not be a problem.

  3. rtc says:

    I thought the bif advantage of the capital connection was that it was more like a long haul service providing drinks and snacks on board as well as wifi - whereas the commuter trains will not have any of this.


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