“Safety is our priority;” train services resume on Melling line after crash

Press Release – KiwiRail
Normal train services on the Melling Line will resume tomorrow morning (Thursday 29 May) following yesterday’s incident at the Melling station.

The train involved in the incident was removed from the site last night and all track and infrastructure repair work has now been completed.

KiwiRail apologises for the disruption to services following the incident and has worked as quickly as possible to get the line reopened.

Bus replacements will continue this evening between Melling and Petone and customers are advised to check the Tranz Metro website for more information and updates – www.tranzmetro.co.nz

General Manager Passenger, Deborah Hume, says that investigations into the incident are continuing.

“It would be premature to focus on any one possible cause of the incident until the investigations are completed. Safety is our first priority and we would never operate a train if there were any concerns about its brake performance.

“Given our maintenance programme, and the current operating performance of the remainder of the Matangi fleet, there is no reason for us to be concerned about the safety of the Matangi or Ganz Mavag trains we operate.”

Earlier Press Release – KiwiRail
All services on the Melling line remain suspended this morning following yesterday’s incident until further notice as soon as the track and infrastructure are repaired.

Bus replacements between Melling and Petone will continue until further notice and customers are advised to check the Tranz Metro website for more information and updates – www.tranzmetro.co.nz

Separate investigations are underway and we will not be commenting on the cause of incident until they are concluded.

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