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Published: 2001-07-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is investigating options to continue the commuter rail connection between Hamilton and Auckland – but says it can do little until it gets concrete information on patronage and costs.

Councillors met on Friday with Transfund regional engineer Campbell Snook to discuss aspects of the service, which is to end with the announced divestment of passenger services by Tranz Rail. West Coast Railway said the Waikato Connection, Kaimai Express and Geyserland Express services will terminate. The services are not commercially viable but it would consider suggestions from the Government and community before making a final decision.

Company representative Don Gibson was unable to attend the meeting, but met with Council representatives later in the day.

Environment Waikato Chairman Neil Clarke said the Council would continue to investigate the future of the service, but needed more detailed information before it could go any further.