News from NZ Police
KiwiRail is advising Hutt Valley Line and Wairarapa Line train commuters to expect and plan for longer than usual travel times into Wellington City this week, as a result of significant storm damage to rail tracks between Petone and Wellington.
“The track damage means no trains will be able to run between Petone and Wellington until repairs are completed and all train services between Petone and Wellington will need to be replaced by buses until further notice. From Monday morning’s peak, a special half hourly timetable will run on the Hutt Valley Line with trains running between Upper Hutt and Petone until further notice. The Wairarapa line will also be affected and some services will be cancelled and some will be bus replaced,” Tranz Metro Manager Scott Brooks.
The reduced train services and bus replacements are likely to increase traffic congestion and commuters are being urged to prepare for this and to expect their commuting time to be longer than usual this week. There will also be no parking on Hutt Road, south of the Petone Railway Station, which will be a bus parking layby for the train replacement buses.
KiwiRail is working with NZ Police, New Zealand Transport Agency and Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office in an effort to minimise the disruption to commuters.
NZ Police Hutt Valley Area Inspector Mike Hill is urging commuters to consider carpooling if they decide to travel by car into Wellington City.
“We would like commuters to plan ahead so they leave plenty of time to get to their destination, drive to the conditions and be patient. People should expect some congestion on the roads, particularly around Petone, and if travel is urgent, it might be wise to look at alternative means of transport. If you can carpool with others, this is a good way to ease traffic congestion,” Inspector Hill says.
Mr Brooks says KiwiRail Infrastructure and Engineering staff have been working around the clock since the storm to ensure that repairs are completed as quickly as possible to minimise any longer term disruption to Hutt Valley and Wairarapa Line commuters. However, in some places the ballast has been completely washed away, and it will take time for repairs to be finished.
Tranz Metro has put a special timetable for the Hutt Valley Line and the Wairarapa Line on their website and is urging customers to check the website before they travel at www.tranzmetro.co.nz.
“As we have more information we will update customers but for the foreseeable future customers should plan their travel around the special timetable,” says Mr Brooks.
News from TranzMetro
Due to last week’s storm and subsequent damage to the rail network, there are disruptions to some services this week.
Johnsonville Line: Train services will run as per a normal Monday timetable.
Kapiti Line: Train services will run as per a normal Monday timetable.
Melling Line: Services on the Melling Line will operate on a special timetable. Buses will travel express between Wellington and Melling, on an hourly timetable.
Buses will depart Wellington hourly from 6.17am until 6.17pm.
Buses will depart Melling hourly from 6.39am until 6.39pm.
There will be no service between Melling and Petone and no service to or from Western Hutt Station.
Hutt Valley Line: A special timetable will be in operation until further notice. All services will be replaced by bus between Wellington and Petone due to track repairs. Trains will run between Petone and Upper Hutt.
Buses will depart from the bus layby at Petone Station – passengers will not need to cross the road. Buses will travel north along Hutt Road to the Dowse interchange, where it will travel south on State Highway 2 into Wellington.
Because of road conditions and increased road traffic, passengers on bus replacement services should expect and plan for delays. Make alternative arrangements if travel is urgent. It is possible some services will be cancelled with no bus replacement.
Train services will depart Upper Hutt for Petone at the following times (trains will meet buses for Petone to Wellington services):
4.30am, 5.30am, 6.00am, 6.30am, 7.00am, 7.30am, 8.00am, 8.30am, 9.00am, 9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm, 4.00pm, 4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.30pm, 6.00pm, 6.30pm, 7.00pm, 7.30pm, 8.00pm, 9.00pm, 10.00pm, 11.00pm
Bus services will depart Wellington for Petone at the following times (buses will meet trains for Petone to Upper Hutt services):
6.05am, 6.35am, 7.05am, 7.35am, 8.05am, 8.35am, 9.05am, 9.35am, 10.05am, 10.35am, 11.05am, 11.35am, 12.05pm, 12.35pm, 1.05pm, 1.35pm, 2.05pm, 2.35pm, 3.05pm, 3.35pm, 4.05pm, 4.35pm, 5.05pm, 5.35pm, 6.05pm, 6.35pm, 7.05pm, 7.35pm, 8.05pm, 8.35pm, 9.05pm, 10.05pm, and 11.05pm/
Southbound (Masterton to Wellington):
The 5.45am service from Masterton to Wellington will be replaced by bus between Masterton and Wellington.
The 6.21am service from Masterton to Wellington is cancelled with no bus replacement.
The 6.48am service from Masterton to Wellington will be a train from Masterton to Upper Hutt, and will be bus replaced from Upper Hutt to Wellington.
The 10.25am service from Masterton to Wellington will be a train from Masterton to Upper Hutt, and will be replaced by bus from Upper Hutt to Wellington.
The 3.40pm service from Masterton to Wellington will be a train from Masterton to Upper Hutt, and will be replaced by bus from Upper Hutt to Wellington.
Northbound (Wellington to Masterton):
The 8.25am service from Wellington to Masterton well be replaced by bus from Wellington to Upper Hutt, and will be a train from Upper Hutt to Masterton.
The 12.55pm service from Wellington to Masterton will be replaced by bus from Wellington to Upper Hutt, and will be a train from Upper Hutt to Masterton.
The 4.25pm service from Wellington to Masterton will be replaced by bus from Wellington to Upper Hutt, and will be a train from Upper Hutt to Masterton.
The 5.30pm service from Wellington to Upper Hutt is cancelled, with no bus replacement.
The 6.22pm service from Wellington to Upper Hutt will be replaced by bus from Wellington to Masterton.