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October 27 , 2021

Heritage NZ backs down over colour of Wellington train station ticket machines

New Zealand Herald 
19 September, 2021 (New Zealand)

Greater Wellington Regional Council wants to trial contactless Snapper cards on one of the city's train lines.

Heritage New Zealand has backed down over its concerns new ticketing machines at Wellington's central train station are not in keeping with the building's colour palette.

Greater Wellington Regional Council wants to trial contactless Snapper cards on the Johnsonville train line. Currently a paper ticket system is used and only cash is accepted on board, which some have labelled a Victorian payment system.

For the 18-month-long trial to go ahead, temporary validator posts need to be installed at the train station so passengers can tag on and off for their journeys.

Correspondence previously released under the Official Information Act showed Heritage New Zealand kicked up a fuss during consultation.

Concerns were raised in June about the posts being intrusive and too bulky. The heritage recommendation was for any new elements to be in keeping with the railway station's historic colours and "recede in prominence ie dark brown, black".

But in a letter from July, obtained by the Herald, area manager Alison Dangerfield said Heritage New Zealand fully supported the installation.

"Heritage New Zealand has looked at the proposed validators for the Wellington Railway Station and is of the view that there will be no adverse heritage effects from their installation, size, design or colour."


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