‘Cautious” Approach To Wgtn Services


KiwiRail CEO Jim Quinn says they are taking “an understandably cautious approach to running trains around Wellington,” following bad weather yesterday and overnight.

There have been significant delays this morning and Svcs are being replaced by buses between Porirua and Paraparaumu until at least 3pm.

The two trains involved in an incident caused by a slip north of Plimmerton on the Paraparaumu Line were cleared from the site overnight. KiwiRail report that slip and another closer to Wellington have been cleared and track clearance confirmed between Wellington and Plimmerton.

A further slip which occurred during heavy rain yesterday near Muri, further north, will take longer to clear.

A slip on the Johnsonville Line, which cancelled trains on Thursday afternoon and evening, has also been cleared.

The Capital Connection between Palmerston North and Wellington was replaced by buses this morning.

The Overlander is being replaced by buses between Wellington and Palmerston North and will resume as a train from there. Trains on the Upper Hutt, Melling and Wairarapa Lines are running as normal.

“We apologise for delays and inconvenience, and hope our passengers will bear with us while we restore train services to normal,” said MrQuinn.

Of those passengers from the crash taken to hospital, 2 have spinal injuries and one an arm injury.





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