Wellington Scoop

Power outage: buses replace trains between Wellington and Porirua

Train services between Wellington and Porirua have been replaced by buses since lunchtime today because of another electrical fault in the overhead power lines.

This time the fault is south of Takapu Road.

Metlink says only a limited number of buses is available to carry the displaced train passengers.

And there are only a limited number of trains between Porirua and Waikanae.

Metlink buses will be accepting rail tickets on their regular bus routes.

But Metlink suggests that its travellers should arrange alternative transport where possible. (Which is never a helpful suggestion.)

But services were expected to be back to normal by tomorrow morning.

More details from Metlink:

At 12.30pm on Monday an overhead power outage occurred on the Kapiti line near Takapu Road. This meant all services were suspended between Wellington and Takapu Road. A traction crew were sent to assess the issue. The power fault was with the overhead wires on the northbound tracks only, the second southbound track was undamaged; however, the power in the entire stretch of line needed to be switched off to enable crews to repair the overhead.

We have contacted every bus operator in the Wellington Region and have all the available buses assisting Kapiti passengers.