Waikato Regional Council will investigate extending the Auckland passenger rail network to Pōkeno. This will open up the option for people in Thames Coromandel and Hauraki to drive to Pōkeno and take a relaxing train ride to central Auckland or a connection to the airport. The option to avoid stress and traffic congestion, lower emissions and save on parking fees will appeal to many.
This is just one of many bold innovative aspirations in Waikato Regional Council’s ambitious Regional Public Transport plan 2022-2032, that I am proud to have helped develop.
There is also a specific objective to significantly increase public transport within and between rural towns, something I fought very hard to achieve.
As well as growing patronage in the urban areas and servicing more rural communities, the plan aims for public transport services to become at least carbon neutral for the period 2025 to 2050. Avoiding emissions in the first place is the highest priority in the plan.
DELIVERED: Re-elect Denis Tegg for Waikato Regional Council.
5 thoughts on “Drive to Pokeno, Take the Train to Auckland?”
Another good initiative. Even better if the Intercity Bus Company could be persuaded to have Pokeno as a destination.
Regional rail is the answer for low carbon transport, but also for resiliency given the tightening oil supply global and pending shortages
Kia Ora Denis, And if you’re over 65 years old & have a gold card, is the Te Huia train from Hamilton to Auckland free? If so, would it still be free from Pokeno?
Also have you got a few campaign posters that I can put up in Tairua? I’m sick of seeing that bully Warren Maher’s face around the place. Nga mihi Vivienne Cory-Wright
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SuperGold Card holders with their concession loaded onto a Bee Card receive free travel on all Te Huia services. Waikato Regional Council’s accessibility concession (free public transport for people with disabilities) is available for use on the train. This concession is only available for residents of the Waikato region.
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