Wellington rail strike

Winston Peters may have got what he wanted, back to the seventies – where transport strikes were a regular disruptive occurrence.

Wellington is being severely disrupted today with a 24 hour rail strike, the first for over twenty years.

Wellington City Council’s advice:

*Don’t bring your car into town if you don’t have pre-arranged parking
*Try to arrange with neighbours or work colleagues to share a ride in their cars if they normally bring them into town, but expect delays
* Normal parking rules apply
* The 2-hour time limit will be enforced throughout the CBD

Stuff:  Wellington train strike sparks commuter chaos

Rail Maritime Transport Union workers announced on Tuesday that they would strike over employment conditions after hitting an impasse with train operators Transdev Wellington and Hyundai Rotem.

It would be the first industrial action since 1994 to affect the Wellington rail network for longer than two hours.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Train workers will stop work for 24 hours, starting from 2am today affecting all commuter services on Johnsonville Hutt, Melling, Wairarapa, and Kāpiti lines.

* Around 30,000 train commuters will be affected.

* Metlink said on Tuesday night there would be no bus replacements.

* Rail commuters are advised to make alternative transport arrangements, or consider not travelling at all.

Normal bus services will continue to run, but may be delayed by heavy traffic.

NZTA warns roads will be more busy than usual, and commuters should allow extra time.

East by West Ferries will operate as normal.

Airport Flyer buses will run as normal, but could face delays.

* NCEA students have been told exams will not be cancelled, and they should allow extra travel time.

This will add to stress for students in particular, as well as commuters.