It’s not going to be a good afternoon on the rail network. Here is a press release from Trasdev.
NETWORK WIDE SIGNAL FAILURE HALT TRAINS
Transdev are advising customers to use alternate transport due to a major signal failure that has affected all trains.
Until the signals are restored we cannot run trains safely so please check the Auckland Transport website (www.at.co.nz) for bus services and travel updates.
If you are at a train station please listen for announcements as they should direct you to the nearest bus stop or contact 09 366 6400 for more information.
At approximately 2.10pm this afternoon KiwiRail advised that the Auckland rail network signalling system stopped functioning, both primary and secondary systems were affected. KiwiRail are working to confirm the cause of the network outage.
Police are also advising motorists to take extra care around the barrier arms as some are not working presently.
If you have smartphone you can follow Auckland Transport on Twitter or download the AT app. You can also sign up for text updates on the AT website to receive information directly to your phone.
Transdev will issue further updates as they come to hand.
Definitely a concern that both the primary and secondary systems have failed. It is also not the first time this has happened. Previous incidents have been due to a failure at Train Control in Wellington and contractors cutting cables.
I will update this post as more info comes to hand.
Update: AT have said on twitter that the network is back up and running again but as you can expect, it will take some time to work through the backlog
30 MINUTE TRAIN SERVICE BACK OPERATING
Transdev would like to advise customers that a half hour train service is now operating.
Customers should still use alternate transport wherever possible. AT HOP cards and paper rail tickets will be accepted on all buses.
“We apologise for any inconvenience customers may have experienced and we will be working closely with KiwiRail to get train services running as frequently as possible for the evening peak,” says Transdev Managing Director, Terry Scott.
If you have a smartphone you can follow Auckland Transport on Twitter or download the AT app for the latest updates.
Customers can also sign up for text updates on the AT website (www.at.co.nz).