Commuter chaos: 20,000 rail travellers face huge delays

3 minutes to read Southbound traffic on SH2 from the Petone Off-ramp about 8.10am. Photo / NZTA Journey Planner “As of 6:40am, southbound traffic is already looking heavier than usual across the network, and we expect this expect delays to grow throughout the morning. “Please plan ahead before travel, allow extra time, or consider delaying your journey.”
WELLINGTON TRAFFIC – SIGNIFICANT DELAYS – UPDATE 8:15AM Road users should expect SIGNIFICANT SOUTHBOUND DELAYS on both SH1 and SH2 this morning. SH1 queues currently stretch from the Porirua to the Urban Motorway. SH2 queues are currently stretching from the Haywards Interchange to the Petone Interchange. 6:40AM WED 3 JULY Commuters in the Wellington region should expect additional delays throughout peak hours today, as there will be no train services running to and from the Wellington Station on the Hutt, Kapiti, Melling and Wairarapa lines due to a derailed freight train. During this time, there will be as many as 20,000 extra passengers on the State Highway network during peak hours. Metlink advise that there will be no bus replacements either. Please plan ahead before travel, allow extra time, or consider delaying your journey. For more information, please visit: http://ow.ly/gyd550uS07c ^RS Posted by NZ Transport Agency – Wellington on Tuesday, 2 July 2019 KiwiRail chief operations officer Todd Moyle said that about 7.40 last night a number of wagons on a freight train leaving Wellington freight yard derailed. “The wagons remained upright but it took the locomotive engineer 230 metres before he was able to stop the train, leaving damaged tracks and points on the main tracks into Wellington.” KiwiRail brought in two cranes and staff from across the North Island to support local staff in removing the damaged wagons and repairing tracks overnight, he said. The cause of the derailment is being investigated, he said. “KiwiRail apologises for the inconvenience and is working as quickly as possible to restore the network to its normal operation. “Safety is our utmost priority.” The three derailed wagons and the remainder of the train were removed by crane from site by 5am, he said. “KiwiRail is now focused on repairing the damaged points and track. Work crews have worked overnight to clear the freight train and repair the damage, but that process is expected to take some time. Photo / Metlink “The recovery of the derailed wagons was complicated by having to work around the overhead wires. “The power supply to these wires had to be isolated before the recovery could commence.” The site of the incident this morning at 7.15. Photo / Emme McKay Your service Kāpiti line: Reduced train services stopping at all stations will run on a half hourly timetable from 6am between Waikanae and Porirua only. If you are wanting to travel between Porirua and Wellington Metlink recommends alternative transport or avoiding travel. Hutt Valley line: Reduced train services stopping at all stations will run on a half hourly timetable from 6am between Upper Hutt and Petone only. If you are wanting to travel between Petone and Wellington Metlink recommends alternative transport or avoiding travel. Wairarapa line: Six buses will travel between Masterton and Wellington in the morning, which will be departing at 6.47am only. Metlink recommends alternative transport or avoiding travel. Melling line: All Melling line services are cancelled. Metlink has asked commuters to arrange alternative transport or avoid travel. Johnsonville line: Train services will continue to run to timetable on the Johnsonville line as it is not affected by the derailment. KPL/HVL/MEL/WRL: Avoid travel if possible or arrange alternative transport as we have no services in and out of W… https://t.co/gB8EVSY6JF — Metlink Wellington (@metlinkwgtn) July 2, 2019 Herald recommends

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