Drunk man causes train delays

Last updated 08:53 11/12/2013

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Downed cables and a drunk man walking down the middle of railway tracks have caused disruptions and cancellations for Wellington trains during this morning's peak.

The man was seen walking along railway lines south of the Takapu Rd station on the Kapiti line shortly before 6am, police said.

KiwiRail spokeswoman Jenni Austin said the man was found near the entrance to tunnel 2 - the most northern of the two tunnels on the Kapiti line.

''His demeanour was such police were called to remove him.''

It was also discovered that lighting cables had been pulled down in the tunnel, however, it was not clear if this was related to the man being there.

The cables had to be cleared and checked for safety.

That caused delays and knock-on cancellations across the Wellington network during the morning peak. 

Meanwhile, the 6.14am Wellington to Melling, in Hutt Valley, and return service at 6.35 was cancelled by an emergency services incident.

KiwiRail was not immediately available to comment any further.

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