Archive for: Breakdown

Angry About Breakdown

Angry About Breakdown

Here’s a commuter’s angry commentary on Auckland’s train service after a breakdown tonight (they happen) and the bad communication that followed...

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Mt Eden Breakdown

Mt Eden Breakdown

A locomotive broke down at Mount Eden train station tonight, throwing peak time timetables into chaos. In the end, passengers on the West-bound train were told to...

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Train fault Mars Monday Morning

‘Train fault” Mars Monday Morning

A train breakdown at Glen Eden caused the usual chaos on the Western Line from 8am this morning, the first day of the train fare increase. Train services were held...

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Auckland, Wellington Train Commuters Stranded

Auckland, Wellington Train Commuters Stranded

A major Western Line meltdown this morning left people stranded on stations and those who managed to eventually get a train, were very late for work and school. The...

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Feeling Confident?

Feeling Confident?

Stranded at Britomart yesterday Sorry, but I have to mention this, hopefully one last time. Two words to ponder seriously this morning in the wake of yesterday’s...

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A Jolt Of Reality

A Jolt Of Reality

"My train won't go" In our enthusiasm about the forthcoming new electric trains, we can easily forget the state of our current ones. Passengers tossed...

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Train Manager, Let Us Come In (Or Well Blow The House Down)!

Train Manager, Let Us Come In (Or We’ll Blow The House Down)!

So another bad Monday on the Western Line. More delays this morning with announcements saying trains were delayed but  at least, over the loudspeakers,Veolia did...

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Trains Cancelled Tonight. Definitely. Maybe. Not.

Trains Cancelled Tonight. Definitely. Maybe. Not.

Once again, the left hand on the train officials hands have no idea what the right hand is doing. Early rush hour commuters at Britomart were tonight greeted...

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Tonight, The Signs Fail;Tomorrow, Signals Collapse

Tonight, The Signs Fail;Tomorrow, Signals Collapse

As predicted last night, the public boasting of how monthly figures show the train system is almost fail proof inevitably leads within 24-hours to a failure. Tonight,...

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Monday Meltdown  Number 2397

Monday Meltdown - Number 2397

Mechanical problems were to blame for the dreadful delays on all lines this morning - the first day of the new timetable schedules. It was so bad, passengers...

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World-Class Public Transport for Aucklands Rugby World Cup

“World-Class Public Transport” for Auckland’s Rugby World Cup

It may look passable on a postcard but officials should not fool themselves Auckand’s public transport system is “world-class” or will be by the...

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The Day Britomart Went Blank

The Day Britomart Went Blank

Just when you thought things could not possibly get worse..and everything that could breakdown has.. At Britomart, the display screens showing what trains are...

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Signals crash again leaving rugby fans stranded

Signals crash again leaving rugby fans stranded

Empty Kingsland platform as no-one can get to the rugby game by train It’s become a broken record but when is Ontrack / KiwiRail  going to get Auckland’s...

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The Day The Trains Went Backwards

The Day The Trains Went Backwards

Tonight Auckland’s trains set a new high-speed record. The 5.33pm main rush hour Westbound-train leaving Britomart to go to Swanson took exactly an hour -...

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ARC transport chief locked in Auckland train for 2 hours- says attitudes & culture must change

ARC transport chief locked in Auckland train for 2 hours- says attitudes & culture must change

Auckland Regional Council transport chair Christine Rose has had a not unusual nightmarish experience of Auckland trains - and she tells me the attitude and...

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The day the train didnt know where to go

The day the train didn’t know where to go

Britomart Announcer: “Those waiting on platform 5 for the 3.43 to Swanson, this train will be running 10 minutes late. No, it’s uh.. it’s arriving...

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More problems, time to get in their face

More problems, time to get in their face

It was not a good look today. Angry throngs of commuters pacing the station wondering what the heck had happened. “The signals at Britomart failed,”...

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When Marketers Get It So Wrong

When Marketers Get It So Wrong

They might have Marketing Diplomas but they can get it so wrong with their spin. What on earth are they thinking with these boasting notices this weekend at Britomart? It’s...

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How low tech can a rail service be?

How low tech can a rail service be?

Once again tonight, trains were stuck at Britomart when they should have departed. Destination boards urged people to buy tickets before they board -which they would...

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Proof Aucklands trains are totally broke

Proof Auckland’s trains are totally broke

I thought there was going to be a riot on board the westbound train tonight. APOLOGY; What understanding? No, we're angry as hell THREESTOOGES: Guards try and...

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Complete train service meltdown  Go try and catch a bus

Complete train service meltdown - “Go try and catch a bus”

What a major embarrassment. Train commuters were told by Maxx today to forget about trying to get anywhere on the train - try catching a bus. As a result...

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Melbournes horror gives us lessons here

Melbourne’s horror gives us lessons here

What a horror tale. Last night in one of my favourite cities - Melbourne - 200 trains home were cancelled. Three suburban lines had no train services...

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What we dont want any more of in 09

What we don’t want any more of in 09

I hope local rail officials had a New Year promise: no more breakdowns this year please. We had enough like this last year.

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