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".
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.
WELLINGTON TRAFFIC – EXPECT DELAYS - WED 3 JULY#WellingtonTraffic should expect additional delays this morning, as there will be no train services on the Hutt, Kapiti, Melling & Wairarapa lines due to a derailed freight train. For more, please visit: https://t.co/sUaFDvtJgr ^RS pic.twitter.com/195a2ve9nm— NZTA Wellington (@NZTAWgtn) July 2, 2019