Trains Off Again



March 5……….2010

Buses will replace some trains this weekend (6-7 March) as works continue on improvements to Wellington’s rail network.

But the work planned for the rail yards over the weekend has been scaled back to allow trains to carry passengers to the Wellington Phoenix semi-final game at Westpac Stadium at 4pm on Sunday, March 7.

For the rest of the weekend, KiwiRail will continue work on installing a third main line at the entrance to Wellington Railway Station.

Once in use later this year, the line will reduce congestion at a busy point in the rail system.

Away from Wellington Railway Station, work will continue on the demolition of platforms at Redwood Station, which is closed temporarily for up to four months so two new platforms can be built.

Improvements to the overhead power system, including the replacement of older wooden poles, will also be undertaken around the network.

Buses are replacing trains between Wellington and Johnsonville, Wellington and Waterloo, and Wellington and Porirua from 6am Saturday to midday Sunday.

On theWairarapa line, Saturday and Sunday morning services will be replaced by buses between Wellington and Upper Hutt.

Unfortunately bikes cannot be carried on buses replacing trains and some delays should be expected. More information about bus replacements is available at or via Metlink on 0800 801 700.

The weekend’s work is part of the Wellington Region Rail Programme, which will give commuters more reliable passenger services.

This is a joint initiative between the Greater Wellington Regional Council and KiwiRail (ONTRACK and Tranz Metro).

The Wellington Region Rail Programme includes:

  • A fleet of new electric trains – the Matangi trains
  • Extension of electrification and double tracked lines to take commuter services to Waikanae;
  • Installation of power supply equipment and railway signalling;
  • Adding another line into Wellington Railway Station to reduce delays;
  • Making the Johnsonville Line tunnels larger; and
  • Improving a number of platform and station facilities.