Toll to cancel Overlander train service
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Toll said it had been running the train service at a loss for many years now and was no longer viable to continue running the service. They also say that they approached the New Zealand Government for help so they could continue the Overlander but "after working through with the Government both parties concluded there was not the passenger numbers to justify keeping it running. Significant investment would also have been required to replace the aging carriage fleet," David Jackson, Chief Executive of Toll New Zealand, said.
Only 50,000 people used the train each year compared to the 200,000 people who use the Tranz Alpine in the South Island.
It was cheaper and shorter to catch a plane, between NZ$100-$282 for an one-hour flight, compared to $158-$170 for a 12-hour journey.
- New Zealand Press Association. "It's the end of the line for The Overlander" — , July 26, 2006
- "End of the line for Overlander service" — , July 26, 2006