Tawa tree fall closes train line
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.