Wellington train station ticket machines cause fuss because they're the wrong colour

Danny Watson 20/09/2021

LISTEN: Heritage New Zealand has raised concerns over new ticketing machines at Wellington's central train stations because their colour doesn't match the building.

A trial of contactless Snapper cards on the Johnsonville line by Greater Wellington Regional Council will last 18 months but before it can go ahead, temporary validator posts need to be erected at the train stations so passengers can tag on and off.

Currently, a paper ticket system is used and only cash is accepted on board.

Heritage New Zealand was outraged by the machines, according to Official Information Act documents, for being intrusive and too bulky. 

They also called for any new elements to be in keeping with the railway station's historic colours.

But Heritage New Zealand chief executive Andrew Coleman says their stance was blown out of proportion.

"There really wasn't an issue once we had a good conversation with Metlink and Greater Wellington Regional Council," he told Magic Talk.

Coleman says Heritage New Zealand says the organisation fully supports the installation.

"But it has to look right; it can't look like it doesn't belong," he told Magic Talk.

"It was quite a short discussion around we think it would look better like this, they came back and we agreed."

Listen to the full interview with Andrew Coleman above.

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