Wairarapa News : October 12th 2011
2 WAIRARAPA NEWS, OCTOBER 12, 2011 Locally owned and o perated 89 Chapel Street, Masterton 370 5135 Open 7 days, 11.30am till late Locallyownedandoper get a of the *Conditions : Limited time only. Valid until 25 /10 /11. Prices are pick up unless otherwise stated. $6.50 Delivery fee applies. Minimum delivery order $20. No upgrades available. Offer applies to large Classics range pizzas on Classic, Pan or Thin'n Crispy base. SLICE ACTION SLICE ACTION ys 11 30am till late ay Open7d LUNCH DEAL LUNCH DEAL 11.30am - 2pm Daily Any Large Classics Range Pizza + 1 Garlic Bread OR Large Fries + 600ml Soft Drink $12.50* Normally $16.70 4098818AA Editor Walt Dickson firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (06) 370-5690 Manager Lynette Juno email@example.com Fax (06) 370-5699 Web www.wairarapanews.co.nz Address 89 Chapel St, Masterton, PO Box 902 BOOKING DEADLINES Retail: 4pm Thursday Class: 11am Monday Except Public Holiday WN052748EM 4108951AA Train changes depend on funding By WALT DICKSON ' We do have a possible solution to this, which would involve converting some carriages that are currently being used on the Hutt Valley line for use on the Wairarapa line when we get enough of the new Matangi trains into service. ' Peter Glensor Additional carriages could be added to the Wairarapa train ser- vice to help reduce passenger con- gestion, however, any such improvement won't happen soon and is likely to come at a cost to commuters. A survey of Wairarapa train passengers has highlighted the issue of over-crowding on some peak hour services. There were more than 700 responses to the survey, of which almost 400 are being considered in a review of Wairarapa public transport services. Greater Wellington's Economic Wellbeing Committee chair Peter Glensor described the response to the review as very encouraging. The review is being carried out for GW by a Wairarapa-based public transport consultant. Wairarapa train passengers were given a summary of the survey results last week. Mr Glensor says key concerns about the train service included a need for more capacity on some peak hour services, a desire for more off-peak services during the week and at the weekends, and more convenient peak-hour even- ing departure times. Since the new Wairarapa trains were introduced in 2007, passen- ger numbers have been increasing steadily so there are now not enough seats on some services, he says. We do have a possible solution to this, which would involve converting some carriages that are currently being used on the Hutt Valley line for use on the Wairarapa line when we get enough of the new Matangi trains into service.'' However, the carriages would need to have toilets installed and some other work, for which funding is not currently available. A small surcharge on Wairarapa fares to fund these costs is one possibility that is being con- sidered, Mr Glensor says. The review is also investigating an off-peak and weekend shuttle train service between Masterton and Upper Hutt which would link with the electric trains at Upper Hutt. While this sounds simple enough it's actually not because the Wairarapa trains cannot turn around at Upper Hutt, so a loco- motive may be needed at each end of the train.'' Mr Glensor says feedback on Wairarapa bus services was mainly about the need for better connections between some of the bus services and better con- nections between buses and trains. In particular, many people have asked for better con- nections between Greytown and Woodside Station. A fourth town route in Masterton, covering the north eastern area, is also being investigated. Our consultant is working closely with KiwiRail and Tranzit Coachlines, the bus operator, on some options and solutions to the issues that have been raised. Any changes will be subject to avail- able funding and this may mean the cutting of some poorly used services to pay for services which more people want.'' A report recommending imp- rovements to Wairarapa public transport services is likely to be tabled at the Economic Wellbeing Committee meeting in December. Mega playground: Young children will be catered for when Mitre 10 Mega Masterton opens its doors to the public for the first time on Friday. The store's gated playground, which features a helicopter and requires parental supervision, will be one of the features of the 8000-square metre store which will officially open on the existing Mitre 10 site on Ngaumutawa Rd, at 9am on Friday. Other features of the new store include a 1000sqm garden centre, a trade sales area, a large retail area carrying more than 30,000 stock lines, almost 200 carparks, an office and the Columbus Coffee Cafe. Levi Vaoga, aka ''the Mega Strongman'' and ambassador for Mitre 10 Mega home improvement stores, will be instore this weekend to give a strongman demonstration. He will also make appearances in Greytown, Featherston, Carterton and Masterton on Thursday and Friday.
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