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Signals fault causes delays for trains on Kāpiti line

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A signals fault on the Kāpiti line caused delays for peak-hour commuters between Waikanae and Wellington this morning. It followed three days of problems on the Melling line, where trains were stopped because of a similar fault.

This morning Metlink advised at 8am that there were delays and cancellations on the Kāpiti line because of the signals fault.

Half an hour later it announced: We have received clearance to resume services on the Kāpiti Line after the signals fault has now been repaired, please expect delays as we return to timetable.

At 8.45 it tweeted that delays were continuing.

Two hours later, trains were running on schedule.

But soon after, another problem: what Metlink called “an obstruction in a tunnel” stopped all trains between Wellington and Porirua. Bus replacements were being organised till clearance was given at 1.30.

Wellington.Scoop – January 13
A signals fault has again stopped trains between Petone and Melling – for a third consecutive day. Metlink advised at 4.30:

Due to a signal issue at Petone, all Melling services are cancelled and bus replacements are available for passengers between Petone and Melling. Passengers wishing to travel to Melling or Ngauranga are advised to board Taita services departing Wellington Station.

It wasn’t till 7.45 that the problem was fixed. With a message from Metlink:

We appreciate everyone’s patience while services were delayed and disrupted

You’d been patient?

Wellington.Scoop – January 12
A signals fault stopped trains between Melling and Petone for 24 hours till midday today. The fault was discovered yesterday afternoon and continued this morning.

Metlink advised at 9am that the fault “has been narrowed down to a cable on the Melling Line.” This meant, it said, that services on the Melling line would continue to be bus replaced between Melling and Petone.

The bus replacement services would be running to a regular timetable however there might be delays.

Yesterday afternoon the signals fault was also causing delays to other services on the Hutt Valley line.

At 11.30 this morning, Metlink advised the fault had been fixed and train services to Melling would be resuming at 12.17 from Wellington.

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