As you’ll know, bikes can only be taken on the new Matangi trains during off-peak times. Cyclists have still been able to take their bikes on the older Ganz Mavag-type trains during the peak as they have a separate dedicated area for bikes.
TranzMetro and Greater Wellington have endeavoured to meet the needs of commuting cyclists by providing a Ganz Mavag train for specific services, however, with the increasing number of Matangi now in service, it is becoming more difficult to do this. One service that used to be provided by Ganz Mavag, the 7am from Upper Hutt into Wellington, is now regularly operated by Matangi train sets.
TranzMetro and Greater Wellington have decided to trial the impact of allowing bikes to be taken on the 7am Upper Hutt – Wellington service and 5.17pm Wellington – Upper Hutt service, regardless of train type. The trial is only for these specific services, and that existing bike limits of three per two-car set still apply.
High passenger loadings preclude passengers from taking their bikes on other Matangi services, but passengers will still be able to take their bikes on services operated by the older Ganz Mavag trains, as has always been the case.
Greater Wellington has said this trial will operate until further notice.