Wellington Extend Train Moves
Wellington’s measures to try to curb train overcrowding and subsequent loss of fare collections are not just continuing but being extended.
From tomorrow, at Petone, tickets for morning peak services with be sold and checked on the Wellington- bound platform rather than on the train. Staff on the platform will also be selling single trip tickets but accepting cash only.
This has been done since April 5 on the Kapiti Line – on southbound trains, at all stations from Paremata to Wellington. Tranz Metro said the measures would be in place for up to 8 weeks until more Matangi trains came into normal service.
Checking and selling tickets on platforms is adding a little extra time before the train can be boarded. Tranz Metro is advising passengers to get to the station earlier than usual and have their ticket ready for checking.
Passengers boarding a Wellington- bound Wairarapa morning peak service at Upper Hutt, Waterloo and Petone will now not have to pay the usual surcharge. The services involved depart Upper Hutt at 6.56am, 7.32am and 7.57am, Waterloo at 7.12am, 7.50am and 8.13am, and Petone at 7.18am, 7.58am and 8.19am.
Tranz Metro say this is a “temporary measure to reduce demand on our other Hutt line peak services.”
Buses will continue to replace trains on the morning peak Melling Line services but there will be one train service from Wednesday – a 8.34am from Melling to Wellington.
For each scheduled train service there are two buses. One runs express to Wellington and one bus stops at all stations to Wellington.
Another express bus to Wellington leaves Petone station at the scheduled time.
In Auckland. there will be no trains operating on Good Friday (NB if you are going to the Blues game).
For the remaining of Easter weekend, all services will be replaced by rail bus replacement services due to ongoing track works.
In addition, trains between Britomart and Otahuhu via Newmarket and trains between Britomart and Onehunga will be replaced by buses from 8pm Thursday .
On Good Friday and Easter Monday, buses will run to public holiday (Sunday) timetables.
Details at Maxx
Disruptions planned after that are:
SATURDAY 14 and 15 MAY SOUTHERN LINE: Papakura to Otahuhu
SATURDAY 4 to MONDAY 6 JUNE (Queens Birthday Weekend) FULL NETWORK CLOSURE
SATURDAY 18 and 19 JUNE SOUTHERN LINE: Papakura to Otahuhu
SATURDAY 16 AND SUNDAY 17 JULY SOUTHERN LINE: Papakura to Otahuhu
SATURDAY 19 AND SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER WESTERN LINE: Waitakere/Henderson to Britomart