Overhead Power Work Dominates Wellington Rail’s Easter


Easter will also be a busy time on the Wellington line as the work on improvements there continue.

During Easter, work will take place on all lines around the region, focusing on the overhead power system in particular.

KiwiRail will also continue with the installation of a third main line at the entrance to Wellington Railway Station.

Once in use later this year, the line will reduce congestion at a busy point in the rail system.

While the Easter work is underway, buses will replace trains between Wellington and Johnsonville, Waterloo and Paraparaumu from midnight Friday April 2 to midnight Monday April 5.

Buses will also replace trains on the Paraparaumu line between Wellington and Tawa from 6am to 2pm on Friday 2 April.

No Easter Wellington trains, except for rugby fans

The rail works will be worked around to allow rugby fans to travel by train just to and from the Hurricanes game at Westpac Stadium on Friday 2 April. But at other times over the long weekend, buses will replace some trains.

Services will be running to a public holiday timetable on Friday 2 April and Monday 5 April.

The Overlander services will operate as normal.

Wairarapa services will also be replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt from midnight Friday April 2 to midday Monday April 5. Monday evening services will run to and from Wellington. Wairarapa services will run to a public holiday timetable on Friday April 2 and Monday April 5.

Buses will arrive and depart Wellington Station at Platform 9 and are unable to carry bicycles.




  1. anthony says:

    can’t wait for the new trains! wish there is a precise date for when the passengers can ride :/

  2. Jon C says:

    @anthony - just before Christmas if all testing goes well. I’ll definitely be there too to record it and have a ride so keep some champers in the fridge Anthony!

  3. Jeremy Harris says:

    The system has been great for years but has been dying a slow death recently… It is exciting stuff, by 2014 we will have two modern, electric rail systems in the only two places in the country that can support urban rail well…

  4. max says:

    Why would Christchurch not be able to support commuter rail? It would be a huge initial investment, but I think it would be large enough if you included the outer suburbs.

    Okay, maybe a full-fledged light rail system would be more appropriate there. Coukld still use old rail tracks or alignments where still existent.

  5. Jeremy Harris says:

    Maybe when they get to 500,000 people but anything less than that has a history of not working around the world…

    It would take a billion dollars to double track, electrify, buy new rolling stock and create access to the CBD via heavy rail, for a billion dollars you could build a fabulous Light Rail system like you suggest…

  6. Grant says:

    Confused: They say easter weekend but talk about the 2nd to the 5th when easter is the 6th to the 9th and the 2nd is a Monday.

  7. Geoff says:

    @Grant, this article is from 2010.


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