Hold On


Good to at last see something to hold on to - on a crowded train.

I travelled on both an Eastern line and Western line service today and while they weren’t needed, yellow straps were available to hold on to.

It’s 18 months since I first wrote a post complaining about how awkward it was trying to cope on a

crowded rush hour train when there weren’t even rails to hold on to.

You could end up peering inappropriately into someone’s body or fall on to someone when the train jerks around during travel or comes to an abrupt stop.

Wellington's new Matangi trains

Wellington’s new Matangi have good yellow straps too!

It may be a small step but it’s more progress.




  1. Kalelovil says:

    At least one SA set, but probably not more than one, has had these for perhaps up to a year now. Maybe there is a wider rollout happening now?

  2. Jon C says:

    @Kalelovil Judging by my experience today, hopefully yes!

  3. Andy says:

    About time. It’s simple things like this and other things such as automatic stop announcements that have been so slow to come to our network. Good to see!

  4. Anthony M says:

    fantastic! On the Paraparaumu Line once I had the misfortune of falling over and grabbing a woman at the right place!!!

    boy it was awkward for the next 45 minutes on that train, my sister wore i could have fried an egg on my face.

    at least it’s nearly impossible once you have your hands on the straps.


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