Storms, flooding and snow have affected rail services throughout New Zealand

21 June 2013 10:10AM

Latest update from KiwiRail dated 21 June 2013, 10:30am

Wellington Metro Update

Due to adverse weather and track damage there are significant delays on all services. Services on the Johnsonville line have been cancelled.  Bus replacements are now operating hourly on this line.   Services on the Melling Line has been cancelled. Passengers are advised to make alternative transport arrangements or use other Metlink bus services.

The Kapiti Line is also closed due to track issues and bus replacements are running however with limited buses we are advising passengers to make alternative transport arrangements or expect significant delays.

The Hutt Valley Line is closed between Petone and Wellington due to track wash out at several locations.  Trains are running between Petone and Upper Hutt but are only running half hourly.  Bus replacements are in place but due to road conditions buses are experiencing significant delays and passengers should also consider alternative transport if travel is urgent.

The Wairarapa Line will also experience delays today with buses replacing trains until further notice.

Passengers are urged to please be patient or make alternative travel arrangements  – road conditions and bus shortages mean there are significant delays and we are doing everything we can to get buses to train stations as soon as possible.

For latest information visit the Tranz Metro website.

Interislander update

High seas and strong winds have meant the cancellation of all Interislander services until this evening.  We are monitoring the weather situation and updates on later sailings will be available later this morning.

The Kaitaki, Interislander’s largest ferry, lost her stern moorings in a 90 knot southerly.  She is currently anchored close in to Point Jerningham in Wellington Harbour.  Berthing this ferry will not be possible until the broken stern mooring lines have been replaced.

South Island

KiwiRail staff and contractors have been working steadily to clear slips and remove debris from around bridge piers at multiple sites on the Main South Line (between Christchurch and Dunedin). 

Flooding incidents have closed the MSL north of Timaru and the line between Dunedin and Balclutha.  The MSL between Timaru and Dunedin is now open.

Opihi Bridge, south of Temuka, has one pier that has been undermined by the flood waters and twisted downstream.  Arrangements are being made to repair this pier as soon as possible. 

South of Dunedin, the track is still covered with water for several kilometres between Mosgiel and Henley due to flooding from the Taieri River.    

The Main North Line is currently closed between Christchurch and Picton, due to tree falls and flooding.

KiwiRail is monitoring the situation and keeping in close contact with customers so they are kept up to date. 

Snowfalls between Rolleston and the West Coast have been cleared overnight and the Tranz Alpine ran this morning.

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