Truck crash halts rail service
Train services on Auckland’s Western line halted yesterday afternoon after a truck crashed into powerlines in Mt
Eden. Police attended the incident at the intersection of Boston Rd and Normanby Rd. The truck had damaged powerlines above the rail track. There were no reported injuries. Auckland Transport spokesman James Ireland said the crash put a halt on all Western line services. NZTA said in its 4.30pm traffic update that trains would be suspended until further notice. chairman Noel Baigent says it’s been well maintained and meets 95 per cent of national building standards. “It seats
300 people and this is what we want to save,” he says. “Not just for the seats but for the historic value.” The barrel vaulted roofed stand is one of just two of its kind left in the country. A handful of protesters could be seen in a short clip filmed by Baigent, wrapped up warmly sitting in the stand yesterday morning. Sleeping bags, blankets and Thermoses can also be spotted at the feet of four women. Baigent says some had stayed overnight on Thursday despite the “jolly good frost”. Mayor Richard Kempthorne says the grandstand needs to be removed so the new Recreation Park Centre development can be completed.