Johnsonville trains were having more problems with slippery tracks again today.
At 5.15 tonight, Tranz Metro advised:
Services on the JVL are running up to 10 minutes late due to slippery track conditions
TranzMetro reported similar delays on Friday. But it didn’t say why. This was their advice at 8am:
Services on the JVL are experiencing delays of up to 12 minutes due to operational reasons.
And at 9am:
Reminder: Services on the JVL are experiencing delays of up to 12 minutes due to earlier operational reasons.
The unexplained problem was fixed by 11am:
Services on the JVL are now running to schedule. We thank you for your patience.
It was the same on Thursday:
Services on the Johnsonville line are experiencing delays of up to 11 minutes due to operational reasons.
And at 9.45 things were worsening:
Services on the Johnsonville line are experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes due to earlier operational reasons
With no explanation being given, any commuter’s informed guess would be – the same issue that has been delaying services for months.
Tranz Metro has not responded to the wellington.scoop reports about train delays caused by slippery tracks. But the Independent Herald reported last Wednesday that Angus Gabara at the Regional Council said the Matangi trains are sophisticated and sensitive to potentially risky conditions and so safety mechanisms will kick in quickly to either halt or slow the trains down. In addition, the addition of friction modifier solution to help reduce the noise of squealing wheels might be contributing to slippery tracks. “We’re working to create a fine balance,” he said.