RAIL PERFORMANCE FOR APRIL 2013
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During April the performance of the train services was affected by several significant incidents, however performance was not affected by the “Heat 40” speed restrictions that have been a major contributor to delays in recent months.
The following major incidents impacted on service delivery during April:
- Track, Signals and Train Control (KiwiRail) – Network Infrastructure failures had a significant effect on the delivery of services for five days during April and in particular, on 12 April a KiwiRail Contractor damaged equipment cabling and caused a signalling outage in Papakura.
- Train faults (KiwiRail) – Passenger train faults had a significant effect on service operations on one day in April when a service was disabled at Otahuhu station which resulted in reduced capacity on some services on a number of other days during the month. In addition, the breakdown of a freight train between Pukekohe and Papakura on the morning of 12 April caused a temporary line closure between 6:30am and 11:00am and affected the special timetable that was in operation in support of the V8 Supercars event at Pukekohe.
- Operational (Veolia) – There were no significant operational incidents recorded in April.
- Other – On the evenings of 10 and 11 April, sleepers in the section of track between Britomart and Newmarket were found to be smouldering and required the attendance of the Fire Service which resulted in disruptions to services in and out of Britomart.