Wellington Scoop

Trains cancelled, then delayed, after Hutt Valley line closed by derailed excavator

Train services on the Hutt Valley Line were suspended early this morning because of damage caused by the overnight storm.

An excavator which was working on scheduled overnight maintenance derailed near Taita, closing the track.

The line wasn’t cleared till 7am.

The first services to resume were the 7:40am service from Upper Hutt to Wellington, which departed late, and the 8:07am service from Wellington to Upper Hutt.

Metllink said there were would major delays as services returned to timetable. The 8.21am train from Wellington to Masterton departed 28 minutes late due to the disruption.

RNZ reported that the delays caused southbound traffic to build up on both State Highway 1 and 2.

The Hutt line was closed again at 10pm tonight by what Metlink evasively called a “track obstruction.” The line reopened after half an hour, with no information about the obstructtion.

And last night there was also a stoppage on the Kapiti line, with a precise explanation – it was caused by a broken down freight train.

Buses were provided between Plimmerton and Waikanae.