The Auckland train system is an omnishambles. ¬†Heavily subsidised travel is used as a justification that more of it is needed. (Think about that). ¬†And on top of that, the brand new trains don’t work properly. ¬†They even stopped running when there was a power cut.
And even that isn’t enough to throw it all in the ‘too hard’ pile. ¬†Matthew Dearnaley reports:
Auckland Transport is considering forming a special police force to improve safety on trains.
The idea has emerged after criticism by Auckland Council members of a lack of gates at most stations to stop people catching trains without paying fares.
“The provision of transit police is under investigation as a long-term option,” an Auckland Transport spokesman said.
Well, THAT will drop ticket prices, won’t it? ¬†Apart from the safety aspect, would the cost of employing glorified ticket inspectors be less than the non-subsidised loss of income they are meaning to combat?
Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Angela Dalton says fights on platforms and vandalism are becoming prevalent, and commuters are reconsidering their use of trains after “being intimidated by young people of gang persuasions”.
“They are also seeking money from old people, who are a bit more vulnerable – my concern is that somebody is going to get hurt,” she told the council’s infrastructure committee last week.
This is a policing issue. ¬†We already have a dedicated force to deal with these things. ¬†It is called The Police.
There is absolutely no need for Auckland Council to go the way of special dedicated Auckland Transport police force.
Councillor George Wood said a senior police officer had told a meeting of local board members that police were reluctant to travel on trains in uniform at off-peak hours “because they feel intimidated”, a claim denied to the Herald by Inspector Alan Shearer of the Counties Manukau police.
This is just fantastic. ¬†A senior police officer doesn’t feel safe travelling on these trains while in uniform?
NO MORE MONEY. ¬†STOP IT.
No more rates, no more central government taxes should go to this enormous hole in the ground.
[Auckland Transport] has also hired security guards at 10 stations in a 15-week trial due to end on Friday, when it will review the benefits of keeping them on, against a “considerable resourcing cost”.
Listed offences include assaults on train staff and passengers, vandalism, trespass and “surfing” or clinging dangerously to the outside of trains.
Does this happen to the same extent in Wellington?
Welcome to the world’s Most Livable City. ¬† Thanks Len.
- NZ Herald