Damaged track repaired; Hutt, Melling and Wairarapa trains start running again

News from TranzMetro at 6.15am
The Hutt Valley Line has reopened this morning and a normal timetable is operating. Due to speed restrictions between Petone and Wellington, there could be delays.

The Melling Line has reopened and a normal timetable is operating. Due to speed restrictions there could be delays.

The Wairarapa Line has reopened and a normal timetable is operating. Due to speed restrictions there could be delays.

And then came some problems, though none of them seemed to be related to work on the Petone tracks:

The 7.32 service from Wellington to Johnsonville has been cancelled due to slippery track conditions.

The 7.59am service from Johnsonville to Wellington has been cancelled due to slippery track conditions.

The 7.33am service from Melling to Wellington is replaced by bus between Melling and Petone due to an earlier mechanical fault.

7:44am: Some services on the Hutt Valley Line and Wairarapa Line are experiencing delays of approximately 15 minutes due to an earlier mechanical fault.

The 7.02am service from Waikanae to Wellington will run all stops between Porirua and Wellington due to heavy passenger loadings.

The 7.41am service from Plimmerton to Wellington is now running express from Porirua to Wellington due to heavy passenger loadings

The 8.25am service from Wellington to Masterton will depart Wellington approximately 15 minutes late due to operational reasons.

Press Release – KiwiRail – June 26
KiwiRail is planning to resume normal services on the Hutt Valley, Melling and Wairarapa lines on Thursday morning.

“Work is progressing well to restore the damaged track along Wellington’s foreshore. All track is now in place and a tamper machine has been in operation through the night to level the track. Restoration of signalling and traction will need to take place before services can resume and this will be the focus for the KiwiRail teams today,” says KiwiRail’s Chief Executive Jim Quinn.

“While support from the public has been superb under trying circumstances, we know the disruption to those travelling from the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley over the last few days has been significant. Our focus is to get our services up and running again as quickly as we can to minimise any further disruption and inconvenience.

“A test train is scheduled to run through the repaired site at 10pm tonight, and we expect to have the ability to run Thursday morning’s Hutt Valley and Wairarapa services as normal.”

There may be a speed restriction of 40km/h in place through the worksite heading into Wellington when the track is re-opened. This will add some minutes to the journey into Wellington. KiwiRail expects to be able to remove this restriction once the track has settled with train activity over a few days.

“I would also like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of the repair and recovery crews who have worked around the clock with absolute dedication to ensure we can get services back up and running as soon as possible,” says Mr Quinn.

Tranz Metro will be regularly updating passengers with regard to peak services. While we expect to be able to operate trains as per normal through Petone, if there are any changes to the plan following the test train run, we will communicate this with passengers via text and on the website.

We also have bus services on standby if there are any changes to this plan.

Check the website before you travel – www.tranzmetro.co.nz.

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