Britomart Peak Time Breakdown
Peak time trains into Britomart this morning suffered delays at a critical time when a train broke down at the platform preventing spare berths for those trains trying to enter just after 830am.
Trains had to slow down as they approached the Britomart tunnel and stop and wait and wait….
This is just another example of why we need a Britomart through tunnel.
It’s a point still lost on the critics of the CBD link plan as they argue that we don’t need more train stops around the city for the cost of the tunnel extension.
They don’t grasp and some in the media have failed to explain when they have said this that there is a major capacity issue with only 12 trains in and out an hour – a capacity that will soon be reached - and occasions like this causes a meltdown that has a domino effect throughout the Auckland rail network system.
Passengers hoping to make their 9am workplace start time in the CBD were late as a result of this meltdown.
And reader Larry mentions:
“The electronic signs at New Lynn this morning were saying that buses will be replacing trains this weekend. None of the posters agreed with this. With the Farmers Parade that may be fun. Also the electronic signs still say that the 0745 to Britomart is still an express service.”
Indeed Larry. That’s bad. The trains are running this weekend for the Santa parade and the KiwiRail /Auckland Transport rail information day at Newmarket tomorrow.
At least those stuck this morning in trains outside Britomart were able to get a glimpse of the work going on at the old Strand Central railway station where the shelters are being demolished and an emergency stop (as in train station, not the thing you pull going to U2!) put in, just in case it’s needed during the RWC (which would be needed today if passengers could not get to the games because of berthing issues causing a meltdown).
A stabling yard is also being created there.