The New Zealand Government parliamentary Transport and Infrastructure Committee, has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand.
The below terms of reference will guide what the committee investigates -
- Investigating possibilities and viability of passenger rail in underserved communities, those with prior rail links that have been disestablished, and those currently advocating for improved rail links;
- Gaining insights into viability of passenger rail sitting alongside KiwiRail’s freight network;
- Evaluating existing inter-regional passenger rail, such as the Capital Connection, and how these services work between local and regional councils and central government;
- Gaining insights into the integration of regional rail into existing local public transport networks;
- Investigating the climate and emissions reductions possibilities of passenger rail, and how this links to VKT (vehicle kilometres travelled) reduction targets in the Emissions Reduction Plan, and including electrification between regions; and Investigating potential rail expansions and investments in specific areas.
- Investigating potential rail expansions and investments in specific areas, such as Tauranga and the Lower North Island
Greg O’Connor, the Chair of the committee, said “We hope interested New Zealanders will take the time to have their say and help us better understand inter-regional passenger rail and its future in New Zealand.”
The committee welcomes your comments and ideas on the topic and is looking forward to learning what the future of passenger rail could look like for New Zealand.
On the 4 July 2023, the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee released its final report to Parliament.
You can read our submission on New Zealand's inter-regional passenger rail services.
For further information concerning the points outlined in the submission terms of reference -