Disruption to Tranz Metro services tomorrow morning following earthquake

21 July 2013 9:09PM

KiwiRail is advising Tranz Metro passengers that, following this evening’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake, all Wellington commuter lines are closed and will remain closed tomorrow morning with no peak train services or bus replacements operating.  All passengers are advised to make alternative travel arrangements for the morning.

Tranz Metro train services were suspended this evening immediately following the magnitude 6.5 earthquake which struck at 5:09pm this evening. Cursory track inspections have been undertaken across all four lines (Wairarapa, Kapiti, Hutt Valley and Johnsonville) to check for damage to the rail. However, due to the number of aftershocks that have taken place tonight and the constraints involved in undertaking inspections without daylight, KiwiRail will be carrying out another inspection tomorrow morning to ensure that there is no damage to the tracks, bridges and tunnels that may not have been identified in the dark.

“While there have been no immediate reports of damage following tonight’s cursory inspections, we want to take every precaution to ensure that there has been no impairment to our tracks,” says KiwiRail’s General Manager, Passenger, Deborah Hume. 

“Despite efforts from Tranz Metro staff, we have been unable to source buses for tomorrow morning’s peak at such short notice.”

Tranz Metro will be updating its website regularly and is urging customers to check the information before they travel at www.tranzmetro.co.nz.

“We will providing regular updates on the website and via our text messaging system as we have more information, but passengers will have to use alternative transport for tomorrow morning’s peak,” Ms Hume says. “We hope to have services back up and running as quickly as possible.”

ENDS

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Notes to reporter:

The Main North Line between Christchurch and Picton has also been closed and train services have been suspended between Stillwater and Ngakawau on the West Coast of the South Island. These lines will remain closed until tomorrow until structures inspections have been completed.