Major travel disruption as Wellington trains cancelled by derailment

The derailment near Wellington Junction. - Photo: Metlink

Wellington rail commuters face major disruption this morning after a freight train was derailed just outside Wellington station last night.

Most services into Wellington have been cancelled, affecting about 20,000 commuters.

In a statement, Metlink said there are no train services in or out of Wellington on the Hutt, Kapiti, Melling and Wairarapa lines.

It said it had been able to provide some replacement bus services, but they were "extremely limited".

A sign at the Petone train station this morning.

A sign at the Petone train station this morning. Photo: RNZ / Jonathan Mitchell

Train services on the Johnsonville line will run as normal.

The derailment happened near Wellington Junction last night. Metlink said it took the locomotive engineer 230 metres before he was able to stop the train.

The derailment left tracks damaged on the main tracks into Wellington.

Crews worked through the night on repairs, but services were likely to be disrupted into this afternoon.

NZTA has warned commuters to expect delays on the road network.