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Storm hits Hutt Valley trains

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/04/2017
Power fault hits Wellington trains © SNPA / Ross Setford Power fault hits Wellington trains

Storm damage to Wellington Harbour's waterfront has forced the cancellation of train services between Petone and Wellington Station.

Balustrades were damaged on Sunday night and buses were being brought in to shuttle passengers between the two stations on Monday morning, Metlink says.

Trains would depart Upper Hutt half-hourly and Metlink warned services would not be running to regular times.

Services between Melling and Wellington were cancelled and there were no bus replacements, Metlink said.

Meanwhile, the Johnsonville train which hit a tree on Monday morning was only delayed by nine minutes.

Monday's 5.32am service from Wellington Station to Johnsonville hit the tree between Awarua and Simla Stations.

On Sunday night, the waterfront road, Marine Drive, was closed in Eastbourne because of the weather.

The wind whipped up waves that crashed over the road and left logs and debris on the road, police said.

The wild weather caused power cuts to parts of Lower Hutt on Sunday night but all were restored by Monday morning.

The MetService has issues a severe weather watch for the central and northern parts of the country, with gales moving up the North Island.

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