KiwiRail working to have Hutt Valley and Wairarapa trains back in operation on Thursday morning

26 June 2013 1:01PM

KiwiRail is advising Hutt Valley Line and Wairarapa Line train commuters that it is planning to resume normal services on the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa lines tomorrow morning.

“Work is progressing well to restore the damaged track along Wellington’s foreshore.  All track is now in place and a tamper machine has been in operation through the night to level the track. Restoration of signalling and traction will need to take place before services can resume and this will be the focus for the KiwiRail teams today,” says KiwiRail’s Chief Executive Jim Quinn. 

“While support from the public has been superb under trying circumstances, we know the disruption to those travelling from the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley over the last few days has been significant. Our focus is to get our services up and running again as quickly as we can to minimise any further disruption and inconvenience.

“A test train is scheduled to run through the repaired site at 10pm tonight, and we expect to have the ability to run tomorrow morning’s Hutt Valley and Wairarapa services as normal.”

There may be a speed restriction of 40km/h in place through the worksite heading into Wellington when the track is re-opened.  This will add some minutes to the journey into Wellington.  KiwiRail expects to be able to remove this restriction once the track has settled with train activity over a few days.

“I would like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of the repair and recovery crews who have worked around the clock with absolute dedication to ensure we can get services back up and running as soon as possible.  I would also like to thank Tranz Metro staff who have worked extra hours out at stations assisting passengers, re-rostering staff, arranging bus replacements and providing regular communications to passengers,” says Mr Quinn.

Tranz Metro will be regularly updating passengers this evening and tomorrow morning with regard to peak services. While we expect to be able to operate trains as per normal through Petone, if there are any changes to the plan following the test train run, we will communicate this with passengers via text and on the website.

We also have bus services on standby if there are any changes to this plan.

We urge customers to check the website before they travel at www.tranzmetro.co.nz

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Media Contact: Sophie Lee, Senior Communications Advisor, 027 435 9464, sophie.lee@kiwirail.co.nz