Waikato Rail Survey


Hamilton’s regional council, Environment Waikato is now going to do some research into demand for a Waikato-Auckland commuter rail link.

It’s commissioned a survey to guage public demand for a Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service.

The survey will also look at the community’s willingness to contribute towards the costs of such a service.

The survey will get underway next week.

The telephone survey by Versus Research will start on Wednesday in Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Ngaruawahia, Huntly and North Waikato.

Results will then be assessed by the multi-agency Passenger Rail Working Group (Hamilton to Auckland) which is examining the willingness of various parties to fund a service.

The group, which held its first meeting this week, is chaired by Environment Waikato and includes Hamilton City Council, Waikato and Waipa district councils, KiwiRail, the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Auckland Regional Transport Authority. The lobby group Campaign for Better Transport will also attend future meetings as a non-voting participant.

EW’s policy group manager Vaughan Payne said the telephone survey would take about 10 minutes.

“The working group will be very interested in the results of the survey, which will involve about 1150 people. We’re expecting to get the results next month.”

The CBT petition for Waikato rail attracted  signatures from 11,500 mainly Hamilton and Waikato residents supporting train services. National’s Hamilton East MP David Bennett declined the petition to go to the parliamentary select committee he chairs

Tuakau station Vote Trains campaign sit in

The group has held public meetings throughout the Waikato and communities were asked to show their support at recent sit-ins on railway platforms.




  1. Anthony M says:

    The survey will also look at the community’s willingness to contribute towards the costs of such a service.

    oh PLEASE, the costs is nothing compared to the Waikato Expressway.

  2. Anti Rail David B. says:

    Quite true Anthony M. Why should the roading/trucking lobby get away with muliti billion dollars projects, while rail passengers are treated with such distain?


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