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Willis Street re-opened after gales bring down scaffolding on building site

Photo by Charles Mabbett via Twitter

Willis Street has been reopened to buses and other traffic this morning following rapid work overnight to make safe the construction site where scaffolding collapsed during yesterday afternoon’s gales.

A large digger was used to demolish and flatten the partly collapsed structure.

The site is now barriered off and the western side of Willis Street is now open to pedestrians.

The city council advises there have been reports of windows blown in by the wind late last night in the CBD – it warns there may still be broken glass on some footpaths.

Tranz Metro reported a slip on the Johnsonville line this morning. As a result, buses are replacing trains between Wellington and Ngaio.

Wellington.Scoop – October 14
Willis Street was closed to traffic late this afternoon after the gales caused damage to scaffolding on a building site.

Photo by Phil Howison via Twitter

Bus services through central Wellington were disrupted by the closure of lower Willis Street after the scaffolding collapse. Northbound buses were diverted along the waterfront quays while southbound buses were diverted along Victoria Street, Wakefield Street and lower Taranaki Street.

Police, Fire Service and City Council staff were at the scaffold collapse planning to make the site safe before deciding how to clear up the mess.

Social media was busy with reports of other wind damage.

A pedestrian in Manners Street said a bus had its windscreen blown out.

Martin Bosley looked across the harbour from his restaurant and saw containers being blown into the harbour.

Johnsonville trains were running up to ten minutes late “due to adverse weather.”

Replacement buses to Johnsonville were running up to twenty minutes late because of an accident in the Ngauranga Gorge.

Kapiti trains were running up to ten minutes late “because of an obstruction on the line at Tawa.”

All Wellington ferry services were cancelled and replaced with buses.

And at 6pm, parts of Johnsonville were reported to have lost power.

News from Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office – October 13
The City Council Contact Centre has received a major surge of calls this afternoon as wind gusts have peaked. We have multiple reports of trees down, roofs lifting, windows being blown in and everything from fences to bus shelters being blown over.

If your recycling is tomorrow, put it out in the morning (before 8am), rather than tonight.