Public transport rulez…oh wait!

trains crippled

How about that public transport huh?

Three out of four lines on Auckland’s rail network have been shut down.

Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said the Southern, Eastern and Onehunga lines had been temporarily suspended while the network was being reset after a train broke down earlier this morning.

Mr Hannan said buses were now transferring passengers but people could expect delays.

Auckland Transport tweeted a limited replacement bus service was operating between Otahuhu and Orakei and The Strand.   

Another was operating between Onehunga and Penrose.

Mr Hannan said it was hoped services would be restored before the anticipated 11am peak with people urged to use public transport to travel to Eden Park for today’s memorial service.

The western line was unaffected by this morning’s disruption and was operating normally.

Auckland Transport is advising people to use alternative transport options.

This is why trains are stupid.

They are locked into a corridor and mode of travel that can’t be bypassed if something goes wrong.

In order to clear a broken down train they have to close everything down, then get another train up to the broken down one and tow it out of the way until the line is clear.

In the meantime nothing moves.

If this was a truck on the motorway there are detours available, extra lanes that are unaffected and ultimately everything can still move. With roads you can detour, with trains you are stuck.


– NZ Herald

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