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Most watched video: Auckland cyclist receives 'instant karma' after running red light in front of police car on Tamaki Drive

A cyclist has received instant karma after allegedly breaking the law in front of a police car in Auckland.

The incident occurred yesterday at the intersection of Tamaki Drive and Solent Street, in Parnell, Newshub reports.

The cyclist was spotted by police running a red light, right in the path of a turning truck.

Dashcam footage captured by truck driver Roy van Geffen shows the cyclist running the red light and a police car doing a U-turn in pursuit.

Mr Van Geffen then posted the video on Facebook, writing that it was: "Instant Karma for this idiot cyclist".

"There's a dedicated cycle lane on that road but the pricks still want to ride on the road," Mr van Geffen told NZME.

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Fifty old commuter train carriages containing asbestos to be buried in Wellington landfill

Fifty old commuter train carriages containing asbestos will be buried in Wellington's Southern Landfill over the next few weeks.

The carriages, each about 20 metres long and weighing about 25 tonnes, are being delivered by truck to the landfill where they are to be scrapped.

In a statement released by the Greater Wellington Regional Council today Angus Gabara, Metlink's Manager of Rail Operations, says the organisation has been trying to sell the old carriages for reuse for years.

One of the train carriages going to a Wellington landfill.

"Initially they were sold to a South African buyer, who took a first lot of 16 units (32 cars) to be reused in service in Africa. But the deal for the remaining 26 units officially fell through in late 2017. The units were re-tendered again earlier this year and the tender was won by Macaulay Metals to dispose of them," Mr Gabara said.

The Hungarian-built Ganz Mavag trains ran on Wellington's commuter lines from the early 1980s until they were replaced by a second order of Matangi trains in 2016.

The remaining carriages have been stripped by local company Macaulay Metals. The bodies and motors and other recoverable scrap will be separated from the units but the car body itself contains asbestos within the anti-drum coating (inside the walls of the train).

"The cost of removing the anti-drumming coatings to salvage the scrap is too expensive," says Mr Gabara. "Asbestos is contained in the anti-drum coating and will remain undisturbed during the dismantling and transport to the Southern Land Fill."

The carriages will then be crushed and buried.

"Burying the carriages is the least expensive and safest way to dispose of the carriages because of the asbestos issue."

According to the Greater Wellington Regional Council the whole operation is expected to take around a month to complete. One carriage has been gifted to the National Railway Museum in Christchurch.

One of the train carriages going to a Wellington landfill.