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The Australian transport conglomerate Toll Holdings has reversed its controversial decision to scrap all passenger train services between Auckland and Wellington.
The company has agreed to a reduced schedule of services beginning next week.
Toll had come under fire from regional councils and tourism operators over its recent decision to shut down the last long distance passenger train on New Zealand's north island from this weekend.
The lobbying intensified in the past few days when the New Zealand Government again ruled out any financial assistance to the Australian company.
Toll took over passenger and freight services in New Zealand two years ago, saying there were more pressing transport infrastructure needs.
But now Toll has agreed to an eleventh hour reprieve, saying it is prepared to continue the overlander train services between Auckland and Wellington.
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