Wellington Quakes Update #6 - Tuesday 5.15am

15 November 2016

As at 5.15am

Rail passenger services are expected to return to normal in the Wellington region today following yesterday’s large quakes.

Services on the Wellington network have been given clearance to return to normal. The following lines will be running a normal Tuesday timetable but may have a reduced number of seats:

  • Johnsonville Line
  • Kapiti Line
  • Hutt Valley Line   
  • Melling Line
  • Waiararapa Line

Bus diversions will be in place through central Wellington today as inspections continue on CBD buildings following the recent earthquakes and high winds overnight.

Most routes will be diverted onto the waterfront quays and on to Taranaki Street as a precaution against falling debris in forecast high winds until buildings along central city streets (Courtenay Place, Manners Street, Willis Street, Featherston Street and Lambton Quay) are checked.

Services out of the CBD will go from the Wellington Railway Station, along Whitmore Street, Waterloo Quay, Jervois Quay and Taranaki Street.

All stops in Manners Street, Lower Willis Streat and Lambton Quay are closed. There are messages on the bus stop information screens. Temporary stops will in place at Tony's Tyre Service, Shed 11 and Frank Kitts Park on the quays.

Check the Metlink site Metlink site for further details.

Wellington Civic Defence local controller Gunther Wild says: “Central Wellington will be open for business today (Tuesday 15 November) but people will need to use their commonsense and avoid areas that have been cordoned off, particularly around Featherston Street (see road closure map (98KB PDF).

Some buildings are still being assessed.  Employees need to check with their employers whether their building has been inspected and deemed safe to enter, and whether they should go into work.

Make sure you check the Wellington Civil Defence Emergency Map for up-to-date information about this emergency. This map provides you with critical emergency information specific to your suburb, for example, where there are power outages and road closures.

Other updates:

Tuesday rubbish collections will continue as normal in Wellington City.

Wellington Central Library remains closed, as does Miramar Library – where minor damage will be fixed in the next day or so.

Strong winds overnight have caused some incidences of glass breakage. The corner of Lambton Quay and Brandon Street (Harbour CityCentre) and the section of Pipitea Street facing Pipitea House have been cordoned off because of the risk of falling glass. Building inspection and cleaning crews will attend when it is safe to do so after daybreak.

Further changes to cordoned-off areas are likely as buildings are checked, which may also affect bus-stops in the central city.

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