Rail services to run as normal today

21 January 2014 9:09AM

Commuter rail services in Wellington and from the Wairarapa, and the Capital Connection are set to run as normal from this morning, following Monday afternoon's earthquake centred near Ekehatuna. 

Track inspections in the Wellington area have been completed and those rail lines have been reopened for train movements. Bus replacement services continued yesterday evening, with train services resuming their normal time table Tuesday morning. 

“Inspections are still being finalised outside the greater Wellington area, but so far we have only  found two minor areas of damage north of Palmerston North and Masterton,” says  KiwiRail Chief Executive Jim Quinn. 

All trains were halted south of Taihape while track inspections were carried out to check for damage to the rail infrastructure. 

Freight services were resumed last night, and any backlogs will be cleared today.

The Northern Explorer is also expected to run as scheduled.


Media Contact: Sophie Lee, Senior Communications Advisor, KiwiRail

(04) 498 3181 or (027) 435 9464 sophie.lee@kiwirail.co.nz