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Reasons for train delays Reasons for train delays

Trains can be delayed for a variety of reasons such as infrastructure problems, people or objects on the tracks, medical incidents and occasionally the weather. When a train is delayed we come up with a plan to manage it and minimise flow on effects to later services.

We understand it can be frustrating when a train is running late or service is cancelled. We will do our best to keep you updated around your train service by sending out service updates, notifications and updating the website.


How to stay updated when there’s a train delay

If you are in the station:

  • check for any messages on the real time information boards.
  • listen for any station/platform announcements.
  • if you are directed to use alternative transport, check information displays for maps which show bus stops for scheduled bus services.

If you are on a train impacted by delays:

  • listen for on board announcements.
  • check with staff on board.

Reasons why trains may be delayed

Bridge strike

A car or truck has hit a rail bridge. The bridge needs to be inspected by a structural engineer to make sure it’s safe, and any debris cleared, before trains can run over the bridge again.

Customer matter

An on-board or station incident concerning the safety or wellbeing of customers.

Emergency services incident

A serious incident on or near the rail corridor with emergency services in attendance. Emergency services site clearance is required before services can resume.

Engineering work

Emergency track maintenance work or scheduled works running late.

Freight train

A disabled or delayed freight train affecting the running of passenger services.

Level crossing issue

A faulty barrier arm that needs urgent repair. Trains must run at reduced speeds until resolved.

Overhead line problem

Damage or interference to overhead lines meaning electric trains can't run until the lines are cleared or repaired.

Severe weather

Adverse weather conditions can occasionally affect train services. This includes flooding, slips, fallen trees, high winds or damage to power lines.

Signal issue

Signals relay information to the train driver on the state of the line ahead, and whether they can proceed, at what speed, or to stop. If a signal fails the driver needs to contact train control to get clearance to proceed, the train is likely to travel slower as a safety measure.

Track fault

Track faults include points failure, temporary speed restrictions and broken rails. Points are movable sections of track, allowing trains to move from one line to another. When they stop working they require the train crew or KiwiRail to electrically isolate and manually operate the points.

Track obstruction

Trees, animals or other obstruction on the tracks preventing trains from passing until the obstruction is cleared.

Train crew matter

Any operational incident involving train crew.

Train fault

A problem has occurred with a train causing a service to be delayed or cancelled. This could be an isolated issue quickly rectified such as a door fault; or may delay other trains if a train is disabled and blocks the line.

Trespasser

A person on or near the tracks making it unsafe to pass this area without risking harm to that person.  Trains will be held until confirmation it’s all clear. Note: Trespassing is illegal and people can be fined up to $10,000.

Learn more about safety around trains, stations and tracks.

Vandalism

Damage to a train, track or overhead line caused by vandalism making it unsafe to run the train/s.

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