They can’t fix the slippery tracks; ninth day of problems for Johnsonville trains

Wellington.Scoop
For a ninth day in less than three weeks, Johnsonville trains have been running late this morning because of track problems. This was MetLink’s advice to hopeful commuters at 8a.m:

Services on the Johnsonville line are running up to 10 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

And this was the advice from MetLink at 6.30pm last night:
Services on the Johnsonville line are experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes due to slippery track conditions.

Wellington.Scoop – August 20
Problems with slippery tracks on the Johnsonville line are continuing for a seventh day. Here’s what MetLink reported at 4.15 this afternoon:

Services on the Johnsonville line are experiencing delays of approximately 10 minutes due to slippery track conditions.

And at 4.45:

Services on the Johnsonville line are experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes due to slippery track conditions.

It was the same at 8.30 yesterday morning:

Services on the Johnsonville line are running approximately 15 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

And on Monday morning:

Services on the Johnsonville line are running approximately 10 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

Wellington.Scoop – August 11
More troubles with slippery tracks on the Johnsonville line have been reported tonight – for the fourth time in the last seven days. Here’s the worsening situation as reported by TranzMetro this afternoon:

4.25: Services on the Johnsonville line are running up to 10 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

5.25: Services on the Johnsonville line are running up to 15 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

6.15: Services on the Johnsonville line are running up to 20 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

Wellington.Scoop – August 7
Trains on the Johnsonville line have been delayed for a third day by the unfixable problem of slippery lines. This was the news from TranzMetro at 4.25 this afternoon:

Services on the Johnsonville line are running approximately 10 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

And yesterday: This was TranzMetro’s advice at 7.20am
Services on the JVL are experiencing delays of approx 10 minutes due to slippery track conditions.

And at 7.50am
The 7.59am service from Johnsonville to Wellington is running approx 10 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

Then at 5.20pm, it started again
Services on the Johnsonville line are experiencing delays of approximately 15 minutes due to slippery track conditions.

Wellington.Scoop – August 5
Tranz Metro’s problems on the Johnsonville line – seemingly unfixable – have got worse today, with a cancellation as well as delays.

Tranz Metro first reported trouble at 8am when it advised:
Services on the Johnsonville line are running approx 10 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

Thirty minutes later things had got worse:
Services on the Johnsonville line are running approx 20 minutes late due to slippery track conditions.

And then:
The 8.38am service from Johnsonville to Wellington is cancelled due to slippery track conditions.

Which left a thirty minute wait before the next train was scheduled to leave Johnsonville.

Are they blaming the weather? Or will they admit that the Regional Council’s new Matangi units are unfit for the Johnsonville line?

The last word came at 9.10 after more than an hour of disruptions:
Services on the Johnsonville line have returned to schedule. We thank you for your patience.

March 2012: Gerry Brownlee launches new trains for Johnsonville line
March 2013: Trying to fix squealing Johnsonville trains

 

3 comments:

  1. Wellington Commuter, 5. August 2014, 13:28

    Are the Matangis unfit for the Jville Line ? Well this Regional Council will never admit the Matangis are unfit even though this is the steepest line that this design of train operates on in the world. Even when they operate, they have yet to fix the screeching from the tight track curves also on this line.

    Of course the best fix for the screeching is to lubricate the track but this causes the service to fail because the line is also steep. Are the Matangis unfit for the Jville Line? They probably will never work properly but the Regional Council and Kiwirail will never admit it.

     
  2. Traveller, 6. August 2014, 10:03

    There were delays for the same reason on August 1 and July 30..

     
  3. NigelTwo, 19. August 2014, 16:58

    This long slippery slope will probably end in… diesel buses.

     

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