Here’s some good news.
Following a review by the Greater Welling ton Regional Council bikes will soon be allowed on trains on the Johnsonville line at all times, without restrictions.
Cr Daran Ponter says that the introduction of the new Matangi units on the Johnsonville line, scheduled for mid-March 2012 means that there will be greater capacity than currently provided by the English Electric units.
Cr Daran Ponter says “this means that we will be able to provide unrestricted access for cyclists wanting to take their bikes on the line. This is a very welcome move and a further step to integrating cycling and public transport use.
Councillor Ponter says that the revised policy should draw more people to take the train. It also provides a fall-back option for cyclists if the weather turns nasty.
The bikes on trains policy for the entire Wellington Metlink network will be reviewed again in April/May 2012, 12 months after it was introduced. Cr Ponter says that at this time he would like to see the Council start moving to relax the restrictions it currently has in place with respect to bikes on peak-hour services on other rail lines.