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NZ Chapter Event: Te Huia – Hamilton to Auckland Commuter Services

March 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NZDT

Join the Railway Technical Society Australasia and David Shepherd to discuss the work leading up to the introduction of the Hamilton to Auckland Commuter train services. This presentation is being held as an RTSA New Zealand online meeting – register for the event here.

Presentation Abstract

Te Huia is the passenger rail service that connects Waikato to Auckland. Capable of carrying over 500 passengers per day, Te Huia will transform the journey of Waikato commuters travelling between Hamilton, Huntly and Auckland. Commencing on Tuesday 6 April 2021, this service will shape the future of rail public transport in the Waikato and help reduce New Zealand’s carbon footprint.

A substantial amount of work has had to be undertaken to achieve what will be New Zealand’s first new intercity commuter service in several decades. Carriages have been refurbished in KiwiRail’s Woburn workshops, a new station has been built and existing ones refurbished. New mechanical facilities for maintenance and servicing of the trains have been built from scratch and stabling infrastructure created.

About the Speaker

David Shepherd, Programme Director – Strategic Commuter Rail, KiwiRail

David will talk about both the above works as well as the underlying business case for the service, the goals of it and the aims for the future.

With over 20 years of private and SOE commercial business management and leadership experience, David has worked in a number of industries including passenger transport, customer service, and logistics sectors. Currently Programme Manager for Commuter Rail in KiwiRail. David is working with stakeholders to deliver the first new long-distance commuter rail in New Zealand for 30 years. Previously David has managed Scenic Trains and TranzMetro, the Commuter Rail operation in Wellington New Zealand.

Register using the Engineering New Zealand link below!


March 10
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NZDT
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