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Buses to replace Kapiti line trains

AMY JACKMAN
Last updated 08:30 20/12/2012

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Buses will replace trains for Kapiti commuters during the Christmas and New Year period while KiwiRail completes work on the line.

More than 50 maintenance and renewal projects will be carried out across Wellington's five rail lines. However, buses will replace trains only on the Kapiti line.

Wellington Metro upgrade programme manager Michael McKeon said reduced serivces and the traditionally quiet Chirstmas and New Year period provided an opportunity to carry out the work with minimal disruption to passengers.

"Our team will be powering through these jobs between December 26 and January 2, which will contribute to a smoother and safer return to work for passengers in the new year."

The work on the Kapiti line includes demolition of Tawa station and drainage work at the tunnels before Takapu Rd station.

Mr McKeon said drivers and pedestrians also needed to take extra care around level crossings during this time as flashing lights, bells and barrier arms would be disabled.

"We urge people to be patient and to always look and listen carefully for the trains.  It's very important that people treat a level crossing as they would any intersection - take care, and be aware, every time," he said.

"At a number of locations, particularly around the Tawa Station works and Plimmerton Station, flashing lights, bells and barrier arms will be disabled and trains will approach at very slow speeds and sometimes stop across the level crossing itself.  Large warning signs will be in place."

More freight trains may be routed through the Wairarapa because of the work on the Kapiti line.  

Some of the maintenance projects are:

  • Demolition of Tawa Station
  • Signal upgrades at various locations
  • Installation of fibre optic and CCTV cabling at various locations
  • On Kapiti line: Drainage work on the tunnels before Takapu Rd and installation of a new turnout at the North Junction.
  • New sleepers for the rail bridge at Ngauranga

For information about delays on the lines passengers are advised to check tranzmetro.co.nz

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