Wellington Scoop

Buses diverted because of fallen trees, flooding closes two roads

Buses were diverted on two Wellington routes this morning because of fallen trees.

At 8am Metlink advised that because of a fallen tree on Glenmore Street, Route 2 buses would be diverted via The Terrace and Kelburn. The buses would not be taking the usual route through Glenmore Street and Tinakori Road.

Route 14 buses were also being diverted, because of a fallen tree on Gloucester Street. Bus stops on Gloucester Street and Warwick Street were being missed.

Normal services had resumed on both routes by midday.

And RNZ reported that Wainuiomata Hill Road was down to one lane due to a large tree across the road.

NZTA advised at 8.50am that due to flooding and high tide, Grays Rd between Plimmerton and Pauatahanui was closed, with a detour via SH58.

This flooding had cleared by mid-afternoon and the road was open again.

flooding under melling bridge

And at midday:

Due to the Hutt River rising, Block Rd under the Melling Bridge was flooded and was closed. Please detour via Melling Bridge or Dowse Interchange.

This flooding had cleared by 3pm.


  1. Russ Davies, 28. September 2020, 8:33

    Time to remove the overgrown trees that proliferate our roads and pathways. Anything over the height of a normal single story dwelling is too tall. Look at the issues involved by the thousands who are inconvenienced by such tree falls. Most were planted years ago and have long outstayed their life expectancy. Time to move ahead and replant for the future.

  2. groggy, 28. September 2020, 8:58

    Wow, Russ wants every tree in the city gone. For the “thousands” ???? inconvenienced when one comes down in the wind. A resounding No thanks to that vision for a soulless concrete jungle with a few remaining ratty shrubs. I prefer our wonderful Pohutukawas to remain.