Truck crash halts rail ser­vice

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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.

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