Wellington Scoop

Flooding, then lightning, stops trains on two lines

As a thunderstorm moved over Wellington this morning, flooding closed the Johnsonville line and trains were replaced with buses. The flooding was between Johnsonville and Khandallah. However it eased quickly and trains were cleared to start running again at 9.30.

Early this afternoon on the Kapiti Line, there was a different problem. Metlink reported:

Services are suspended between Plimmerton and Waikanae due to a power outage caused by a lightning strike. Crews are on their way to assess the fault. Buses will shuttle between Plimmerton and Waikanae; trains will run to timetable between Wellington and Plimmerton.

Metlink later said the outage was not likely to be repaired till about 7pm. However at 5pm, everything had been fixed and trains were resuming a regular service.

Flooding was an issue this morning. At 10am the Wellington City Council reported flooding in many low lying areas of the city, including the CBD, Miramar and other eastern suburbs and northern suburbs. The weather also disrupted some flights at Wellington Airport.

Flooding on the Johnsonville southbound on-ramp to SH1 had cleared by 9.30. More flooding was reported at 9.40 – on a southbound lane on SH2 just before the Petone onramp. It didn’t clear till late afternoon.

Flooding was also reported between Cannons Creek and Ascot Park. Metlink said at 10am that the road was closed and so its number 220 buses could not travel through this route. The road was reopened at 11.30.

1 comment:

  1. Dave B, 14. July 2019, 15:31

    Wasn’t the best up Mt KauKau this morning either. Thunder clapped overhead and the track turned into a river.