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No trains for 24 hours – strike by Rail Transport Union

News from MetLink
No MetLink trains will be running on Thursday, because of a strike.

The Rail Maritime Transport Union are on strike for the whole day from 2am on Thursday until 2am Friday, so there are no staff to run trains.

There will be no train services. There will be no bus replacements either.

Train commuters should make alternative transport arrangements or consider not travelling at all.

Motorists and bus users should expect delays caused by heavy traffic, and should also consider making alternative arrangements, including travelling earlier or later or not at all.

Parents and caregivers should re-evaluate their plans if their children cannot get to school during strike action.

Students sitting exams need to factor train cancellations and road congestion into their travel plans – as should people travelling to Wellington Hospital or Wellington airport.

On a regular weekday in Wellington over 30,000+ passenger journeys are by train. With short notice we are not able to source enough buses to transport this number of passengers.

For alternative travel information:
Bus timetables – https://www.metlink.org.nz/#timetables (external link)
Walking & Biking – https://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/using-a-cycle-on-pt/cycling-and-walking-journey-planner/ (external link)
Car-Pool – https://www.metlink.org.nz/getting-around/lets-carpool/ (external link)

Wellington Railway Station
There will be no access to platforms from the Wellington station concourse or the stadium ramps. Platform 9 and the adjacent Ferry and Long distance bus stop will still be open for access. All businesses within the Wellington railway station will be unaffected and there will still be access to the bus terminal from the station.

All outer station ticket offices will be closed.

Thank you for your understanding during the strike. We apologise if your travel plans have been affected and assure you that we are committed to our discussions with the RMTU to prevent future strike action, and minimise any disruption to passengers.

Regular services will resume on Friday.

Services Affected:
HVL Hutt Valley Line (Upper Hutt – Wellington)
JVL Johnsonville Line (Johnsonville – Wellington)
KPL Kapiti Line (Waikanae – Wellington)
MEL Melling Line (Melling – Wellington)
WRL Wairarapa Line (Masterton – Wellington)


  1. MetLink Wellington, 15. November 2017, 13:40

    We recommend to carpool with your neighbours/friends/colleagues, or stay at home if possible to relieve congestion. Expect heavy traffic if you end up driving into Wellington yourself. [via twitter]

  2. NZQA, 15. November 2017, 17:17

    Wellington trains are not running tomorrow. Affected students will need to make alternative travel arrangements to get to their exam/s. Speak to your school if this will be a problem.

  3. CC, 15. November 2017, 19:46

    Let’s change the headline to reflect reality: International ticket clippers in collusion with GWRC shut down public transport.

  4. MetLink, 16. November 2017, 13:11

    Expect heavy traffic congestion today, allow for longer travelling times, especially during peak travelling times this afternoon. Perhaps share rides to and from Wellington CBD with your neighbours and colleagues.

  5. ND, 16. November 2017, 13:28

    Little or no congestion at 8.30am this morning on the Thorndon Motorway. Virtually free flow in fact. No problems round the Basin at mid-day either.