Welcome!

This site exists to help make the promise of a Raumati Rail Station a reality.  You, the future users of such a station, are encouraged to take an active role in promoting this.
The Raumati community has been promised a railway station for decades. The station has consistently been a part of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s rail plans for Kapiti. Funding was secured by Mana MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban. In April 2008, the regional council announced the station was deferred and it could be 15 years before Raumati has a station - if ever.

IT’S NEEDED NOW

The Raumati community is the only urban community on the Western Line without a station. Raumati has the population right now to justify a station. The people of Raumati are low users of public transport compared to the rest of the Kapiti district. In this time of climate change, we need to change that. We need a railway station.

THERE’S NO GOOD REASON TO DELAY

Greater Wellington justified their decision not to fund it with a report called the Maunsell Report. The Raumati Public Transport Action Group believes this report is flawed in its arguments.

LET’S GET RAUMATI STATION BACK ON TRACK

If you would like to help the campaign to get Raumati Station back on track fill out the "Join" form found by clicking on link to the left near the top and email: Fran.wilde@gw.govt.nz
According to a recent New Zealand Herald piece found here:


Contrary to what the Government would have you think, there is plenty of money in the transport pot. The Government's own policy statement on transport funding allocates roughly $3 billion to all transport projects over the next few years, 0.7% of which goes into public transport infrastructure and a large chunk of the remainder into RoNS- Roads of National Significance."

Railways are by far the safest transport mode 06.12.2011

Injury figures: fatality risk in cars is 67 times greater than trains

Railways are by far the safest transport mode

Train travel? It's safer!




Right across Europe, travelling by train is safer than by car. In Germany, the railways have also retained their top position as the safest transport mode. According to Pro-Rail Alliance calculations, the overall average fatality risk for the period from 2004 to 2010 in Germany was 67 times greater for car passengers that rail travellers. For non-fatal injuries the risk is even higher: per person-kilometre, the probability of being involved in an accident is 100 times greater for every car journey, compared with a journey by train. Although buses are considerably better than cars when it comes to safety, the gap between bus and train is still appreciable: the fatality risk for bus passengers is around five times higher in comparison with trains, and the risk of injury is around 28 times greater. "Trains are by far the safest transport mode," said the managing director of the German Pro-Rail Alliance, Dirk Flege, at a joint press conference with the auto club ACV in Berlin on Tuesday. 

To read the full report from the source please use this link:  http://www.allianz-pro-schiene.de/eng/press/press-releases/2011/41-injury-figures-fatality-risk-in-cars-is-67-times-greater-than-trains/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Our "Welly" gadget below can plan all the details of your next bus/train/walking trip.  Enter your starting point address or cross streets in "A" and the end point in "B"

Greater Welly Public Transit Planner

Nigel Wilson, Greater Wellington Regional Councillor for Kapiti

Kapiti News Column from Nigel Wilson, Greater Wellington Regional Councillor for Kapiti.


Public Transport is the biggest ticket item for the Greater Wellington
Regional Council with about 60% of our annual budget devoted to bus and rail
services.

While Greater Wellington is heavily involved in a wide range of activities
including  environmental management, flood protection, regional economic
development and pest control work it is transport that dominates the budget.

In Kapiti we have seen huge gains with the building of the double tracking of
commuter rail through to Waikanae. In addition we are getting major railway
station upgrades at Paraparaumu and Waikanae and a new fleet of trains. The
first of the new Matangi units (2 cars) departed the Port of Masan, South
Korea this week and is expect to arrive early August.


And as pleased as I am with that progress we need more.


The Raumati railway station needs to take priority in the regional rail plan.
The Raumati community is the only urban community on the Western Line without
a station. Raumati has a the population right now to justify a station.
Surveys have shown the people of Raumati would be much higher users of public
transport with the addition of a railway station.

My other important rail priority is to see the double tracking and
electrification of the rail lines to Otaki. This makes sense on so many levels
it is surprising it isn’t happening already. Kapiti has been in the top group
of population growth districts for several years and this trend looks set to
continue with Otaki a likely area for that growth.

I will be continuing discussions with our local MPs who have all expressed
support for the rail extending to Otaki. Both Nathan Guy and Darren Hughes
have pledged their support, as have Winnie Laban and Hekia Parata.

There have been discussions, promises and threats of all sorts of grand, and
not so grand, roads through, over and around Kapiti for decades. Irrespective
of our views about Expressways, Transmission Gully or any other road that may
or may not happen and even if they do happen nothing is scheduled to be
completed in the next decade.

In the meanwhile where is our bridge over the Waikanae River. Everyone in
Kapiti knows it should have been built years ago and yet it is still on the
waiting list. The response is simple – BUILD IT NOW.