Transport closures and cancellations

22:42, Jun 23 2013
Tree down
MAUNGARAKI RD, KOROKORO: Two large macrocarpa trees were blown down, about 8pm, in Maungaraki Rd, blocking the road. Julie Haggie, who lives next to the trees, said due to the wind, she didn’t hear anything, despite them taking out half her driveway.

The storm is playing havoc with transport links around the Wellington region this morning, with train, ferry air and bus travel all hit.


Workers are tackling a number of problems on Wellington's rail network, including a washout, slips and fallen tree.

There was a significant washout on the Wairarapa Line between Petone and Ngauranga, a Kiwirail spokeswoman said.

''The sea wall has been washed away, causing damage to the track. This will need to be stabilised and the track restored.  Overhead poles have been damaged at their foundations.''

A tree which had fallen on overhead lines at MacKay's Crossing was being removed.


Wind and rain has affected signalling at Petone and signals engineers were working on repairs, she said.

Fallen trees are being removed from the signals lines at Kenepuru, and slips at various locations have been cleared, but inspections must take place before trains can run.

Johnsonville Line: Services will run half hourly from 4pm.  The first service to depart Wellington for Johnsonville is the 4.02pm service and the first half hourly to depart Johnsonville for Wellington is the 4.32pm service.

Kapiti Line: The line will reopen at 6pm.  From 4pm bus replacements will run half hourly from Wellington to Waikanae.  The first half hourly bus to depart will be the 4.14pm service.  The first train service to depart Wellington will be the 6.14pm service.  Buses will run between Paekakariki and Waikanae until further notice.

Hutt Valley Line: Bus replacements will run half hourly from 4pm from Wellington to Upper Hutt.  The first half hourly bus will be 4.05pm service.  Once the line reopens buses will run between Wellington and Petone until further notice.  More information about the line reopening to follow.

Melling Line: Services between Melling and Petone are cancelled until further notice.  There are no bus replacements please use alternative transport.

Wairarapa Line:  All Wairarapa services are replaced by bus from Upper Hutt to Wellington. There will be disruptions to this evening's Wairarapa Line services. Information to follow on the 3.40pm Masterton to Wellington service.

Capital Connection: Will be updated for the evening peak later today.

Due to road conditions and bus availability please expect and plan for delays or make alternative arrangements if travel is urgent. 


No school buses were running today. 

There will be no Eastbourne buses for the rest of Friday and no trolley buses until Monday at the earliest, no South Coast buses until further notice and no bus services on routes through Priscilla Crescent.

A decision will be made late Friday around the running of buses after midnight....the good news is that school buses will operate this afternoon for those schools that did open today

Bus routes # 30, 32 and 4 have been closed due to road closures on Wellington's south coast.

There are no #20 services from Mt Victoria due to road closures at the top of Mt Victoria.

Newlands and Johnsonville services on routes #52 and 54 are trying to run regularly but expect delays.

All #56, 57 and 58 services are cancelled until further notice.


Flights in and out of Wellington resumed at 11.45am today, but travellers are still to advised to check for delays and cancellations. Due to the strong winds there are restrictions on the number of domestic gates able to be used so this will limit the number of services able to be operated. International services departing Wellington today are also likely to be delayed. 


All harbour ferries have been cancelled until further notice.

KiwiRail senior communications advisor Sophie Lee said the 180-metre long ferry Kaitaki snapped its three moorings one by one, from 7pm last night.

Around 45 people were on board.

The boat's engines were started after the first line broke, so the ferry was able to get out into Wellington harbour with the help of two tugs.

It was currently sitting in a sheltered part of Welligton Harbour, off Point Jeringham, she said.

A ferry link stand on the wharf may have been damaged, and would need to be inspected.

It was planned to bring the Kaikati back in to dock when the winds eased later today. 

ROADS CLOSED (Updated at 1pm)

Marine Drive to Eastbourne closed to everyone but residents from the Seaview and Gracefield intersections and expected to be opened about 5.30pm.

Wellington's South Coast road between Island Bay and Owhiro Bay

Roads to Makara Village and Makara Beach

Middleton Rd between Johnsonville and Churton Park

Owen St, Belmont

Cottle Park Dr, Normandale

Jillet St, Titahi Bay

Belmont Rd, Judgeford

Motuhara and Grays Rd, Plimmerton

Paekakariki Hill Rd (closed until 6pm due to slips on Porirua side)

Top of Maungaraki Road, Korokoro

The left lane (travelling south) of Poplar Ave in Raumati is flooded

Priscilla Cr, Kingston

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