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A Waikato Regional councillor has defended the $13 million increase in the costs of the Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service, saying it is needed to get the project off the ground.
The cost of the project has climbed from $78.3m to $91.37m. The Waikato Regional Council's regional transport committee said the increase had arisen as more details of the work ahead became known.
That work included development work at Rotokauri, Frankton and Huntly Stations, work developing a maintenance facility at Te Rapa, rolling stock refurbishment, ticketing, wifi and other operations.
Of that cost, $79.80 million would come from NZTA and $12.57 million from local authorities. Initial estimates of the funding in December last year for the five year trial was$78.2m : $68.4m from NZTA and $9.8m from the local councils.
Costs have climbed $13m to get the service off the ground.
This article first appeared on www.stuff.co.nz
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