Train delays: the bizarre reasons why
Abandoned cars, boulders and busy shoppers, it’s amazing what you find on the tracks.
Almost every day trains and train crews are thrown out of sequence, and hundreds of passengers are inconvenienced due to delayed or cancelled trains in Auckland.
And while it is easy to blame Auckland Transport (AT) for why you were late to work or to that appointment, there are some bizarre reasons as to why your locomotive might be behind schedule.
Staff at the AT operations centre were alerted on November 21 to a car stuck at a level crossing in Glen Eden.
The vehicle, which had been stolen, was being pursued by police at the time and took the unusual and dangerous decision to try and use the Hendersonbound track as an escape route. The incident led to the cancellation of seven trains through the early afternoon.
‘‘Incidents have an impact not only on the immediate area, but across the wider network,’’ an AT spokesperson said.
The departure of the 1833 Manukau to Britomart service was delayed on October 30 when a member of the public, shopping bags in hand, decided to take a short cut home via the tunnel. They were arrested a short time later by police.
This incident resulted in a delay of five minutes to this service, but was one of over 282 trespass incidents recorded over the past year that has seen the cancellation of 50 train services, and disruption to thousands of rail passengers.
Some of the more reckless examples are those who trespass into the 427m long Britomart tunnel. Not only is it dark and dangerous underfoot with track
There have been six incidents in the past year, AT said.
The most serious happening during a Friday evening rush hour in June which resulted in the cancellation 36 trains, delaying up to 70 others, and making thousands of passengers late home.
There are on average 22 collisions a year between cars and trains and 31 between pedestrians and trains.