Tawa tree fall closes train line

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Porirua and Tawa com­muters were left scram­bling for trans­port last week, af­ter a fallen tree closed the Kapiti Line be­tween Welling­ton and Porirua. Ki­wiRail staff fixed over­head power ca­bles that were dam­aged when a macro­capa fell across the tracks caus­ing a fire near Takapu Rd sta­tion on Wed­nes­day and ser­vices were back run­ning Thurs­day evening.

A train ran into the fallen tree about 3.40pm on Wed­nes­day, forc­ing it to a grind­ing halt.

About 70 pas­sen­gers were trapped for half an hour while fire­fight­ers doused a scrub fire, sparked by the downed pow­er­lines.

The tree caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to about 100 me­tres of over­head ca­bling, caus­ing a power out­age on the area’s rail net­work.

Buses re­placed train ser­vices be­tween Porirua and Welling­ton.

Traf­fic con­ges­tion was made worse on Thurs­day morn­ing by a crash at Porirua, south of the Mun­gavin in­ter­change, which caused trou­ble in a south­bound lane of State High­way 1.

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