Wellington braces for commuter chaos with train strike, no replacement buses and car park shortage




Wellington is bracing for commuter chaos tomorrow when a 24-hour train strike takes place with no replacement bus services and a shortage of car parking in and around the CBD.

The service resumed this afternoon after the fault stop the train service for five hours.

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More than 400 workers employed by Transdev Wellington and Hyundai Rotem on Wellington's passenger rail network are stopping work for 24 hours from 2am.

It means commuter trains in Wellington and Wairarapa won't operate.

The Rail and Maritime Union says the companies are trying to remove long-standing terms and conditions in the collective agreement.

Wellington City Council's parking services manager Brendan Jelley says since the Kaikoura earthquake there have been fewer off-street parks, putting more pressure on the council's limited on-street spaces. 

The council is advising commuters to try to arrange with neighbours or work colleagues to share a ride in their cars if they normally bring them into town, but expect delays. 

Mr Jelley says normal parking rules will apply and the two-hour time limit will be enforced throughout the CBD.

People wanting to park for longer than two hours should look for off-street options or use coupon parking on the fringes of the city, he said.

The strike also means there'll be early rubbish and recycling collections in the city's southern suburbs.

Wellington City Council's rubbish and recycling trucks and crews are based at Seaview in Lower Hutt and they'll be on the road earlier than normal tomorrow morning to avoid heavy traffic into the city.

Residents in the southern suburbs, including Newtown and Island Bay, who normally have rubbish and recycling collected on Thursdays are being advised to get their bins and bags out tonight or early tomorrow.

Rubbish and recycling collections will start early, but the council says just to be safe, crews will do a second 'sweep' of the southern suburbs later in the day to make sure no collections are missed.

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