Wednesday April 4, 2018
Buses replaced trains over the weekend.
Buses replace trains for essential maintenance work and will impact less customers. Wellington’s rail network needs constant maintenance and upgrade work to improve reliability and reduce the number of delays to services. Much of the Easter Weekend maintenance focused on the complex entrance to Wellington Station. Due to the aging nature of the network and growing patronage demand, major investment is needed to bring it up to capacity and a modern reliable standard. Greater Wellington Regional Council and KiwiRail have submitted business cases to the government requesting additional funding to address these underlying issues. “For Wellington to have a modern, reliable, and sustainable rail network we will need major investment in our infrastructure.” Angus says.
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Buses replaced trains across the Wellington rail network over Easter Weekend while a major work and maintenance programme was carried out. Train services only operated between Masterton and Upper Hutt, with all other services being replaced by bus services. Work carried out included construction work relating to the NZTA Transmission Gully project, the start of the Traction Upgrade project on the Hutt Valley Line and maintenance of the Wellington Station Greater Wellington rail operations manager Angus Gabara says closing the lines was the only way workers could get access to the area to carry out essential maintenance to keep the trains moving. “The reason we do these works over Easter Weekend is because it is traditionally a time of lower passenger numbers
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