Signal Work Caused Overcrowding
We’ve read about Wellington’s overcrowding issues on trains where they have even had to bring in an old London double-decker bus to carry passengers.
This morning we got to see real overcrowding issues in Auckland.
Signal issues at a number of places caused this morning’s peak-time Auckland train meltdown.
Frustrated commuters on the Western Line complained to AKT about waiting for an hour or so for a train – and then one did come it was too crowded to get on.
At Kingsland – one of several stations I visited- , train staff told waiting commuters if they were prepared to and able to squash in, things would get better after Grafton when school students got off.
It was hard to see how any one could possibly get on. But people were complaining they had waited an hour and were going to be very late for work.
Once some people get on, there was hardly room for Train Guards or Maori wardens.
The Southern, Eastern and Onehunga lines were closed at the weekend for work and that work triggered the problems.
A KiwiRail spokesman told AKT: “ Kiwirail’s contractors are carrying out progressive installation of new signaling system as part of the electrification project, with most of the work being done at night outside of the commuter timetable.
“Unfortunately last night the team encountered some technical difficulties with their scheduled tasks, which unfortunately meant they missed the cut off time for completing their works and were late handing back the network for commuter train operations.
“This impacted on the morning timetable.
“We regret this and would like to offer our apologies to rail users for the disruption this caused to their morning commute.
“We have spent some time reviewing processes with our contractors to identify ways to further minimise any risk of impact on commuter services while we continue with this important work to upgrade the network.”
There will be similar disruptions next weekend so let’s hope next Monday is smoother sailing.