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More cancellations of Wellington bus services

Metlink are expecting “a lot of cancellations” of Go Wellington services this afternoon due to driver shortages.

The cancellations come after this morning’s disruption, when many drivers did not turn up for work.

More than 30 services were cancelled this morning.

NZ Bus chief executive Zane Fulljames told RNZ that illness was the reason for a lack of drivers. Driver availability has also been affected by drivers finishing up their contracts and using up their leave entitlements.

However New Zealand Tramways and Public Transport Union spokesperson Kevin O’Sullivan said to RNZ that the main causes of disruption were drivers being taken off duty to train new staff and buses taken out of service to be painted.

“They’ve got to train people on the new routes so they’re taking out about 10 drivers each day.”

Metlink advise passengers to check Real-Time Information signs at bus stops this afternoon, or check RTI on the Metlink Commuter App (available via The Wellington App) or on metlink.org.nz.

They also recommend checking the RTI before heading to a bus stop tomorrow morning.