More woes for Auckland train-users

A damaged cable was causing major delays on Auckland's southern and eastern train networks this morning.

This morning's delays came after hundreds of commuters were held up getting home last night when a signal failure stopped trains and left passengers stranded at the Britomart transport hub in the CBD.

Veolia Transport Auckland said a cable was cut overnight, affecting all train services between Pukekohe and Puhinui this morning.

"As a result limited services are running on this section of track and major delays are likely to be experienced as the peak travel period approaches," Veolia said in a statement.

"This affects all Southern Line passengers and delays and full capacity carriages are expected on the Manukau/Eastern Lines. These services will be running as they can and not on the published timetable. Western and Onehunga Line services are not affected and are running to timetable."

Commuters were advised to seek alternative transport.

Last night's fault happened about 6.30pm at the end of peak-hour traffic, causing people to pour out of the station searching for buses and taxis. An announcement at Britomart said services had been stopped due to a signal failure in Wellington.

However, Kiwirail said it was an Auckland-based problem and not a repeat of a problem in April which crippled Auckland's rail network.


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