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 leftnear the top and email: Fran.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.