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Wellington trains briefly suspended: power issue could cause delays

Buses are replacing all Wellington trains after a power issue that temporarily suspended all services in and out of the capital this morning.

Commuters wait for trains at Wellington Railway Station after a power fault this morning. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton

Metlink said that the problem was caused by damage to the overhead which damaged multiple trains, and all the trains which had been through the damaged section would also need to be checked for damage.

It tweeted about 7.20am that trains on the Johnsonville, Kāpiti, Hutt Valley and Melling lines were suspended.

It confirmed about 20 minutes later that the power issue causing the suspension had been resolved, but warned of delays.

Metlink said power had been restored to the lines between Wellington and Kaiwharawhara but some services on the Melling and Hutt lines were still suspended while they “attempt to rescue a disabled train”.

Services then resumed on all lines, but about 9.30am, it announced buses would be replacing trains on a half-hourly Saturday timetable and passengers could use a train pass on regular bus services.

It was uncertain how long the difficulty with the damaged lines and the inspection of the trains would take, and could also mean delays for commuters into the evening rush hour.

A commuter on the Kāpiti line, Sarah, managed to get into the city during the period when services had resumed, but the delay made her almost an hour late for work.

“I’m supposed to be at my studio by 8.15am, it just so happens that the one day that I don’t get the train at 6.30am and I get a sleep in, I end up sitting there a bit longer than expected.”

The replacement buses are running to a half-hourly timetable.