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Commuters are facing long waits as trains remained cancelled on the Kāpiti line due to a power outage.
Metlink said crews were working to fix the overhead power fault, which happened about 7.30am in Kaiwharawhara, but the problem was not likely to be resolved until Tuesday afternoon.
"Crews are on site to assess potential damage which appears to have been caused by the train however an investigation will take place to determine the cause of the issue," an update on the Metlink website said.
Metlink spokeswoman Emily Liddell said one train was shuttling between Waikanae and Porirua, with commuters facing a one-hour wait between services.
Trains are being replaced by buses between Porirua and Wellington, but there are limited buses are available.
"It looks like we're going to have train services back up and running for peak this afternoon."
The outage had also caused the Hutt Valley, Melling, and Wairarapa lines to be suspended, but those services had now resumed.
Liddell estimated 10,000 commuters were affected by the power outage.
Metlink buses 60E, 236, and 290 will be accepting rail tickets while rail services are suspended.
"We have contacted all bus operators in the Wellington region to source as many buses as possible, but have only been able to get a few," Metlink's website said.
"Later in the morning we should be able to get more, but at this stage we only have very limited bus replacement. These limited buses are experiencing significant delays due to traffic and are not running to timetable."
Matthew Drakeford has been waiting for a bus from the Porirua train station for a replacement bus but there had been no word on when it was coming, he said.
"None of the replacement buses are showing up."
Meanwhile, there are concerns some students may have missed NCEA exambecause of the outages..
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) confirmed there were about 1000 Wellington students who were expected to sit the morning's exams for level 1 biology, level 2 music, level 3 media studies and scholarship accounting.
Hutt Valley High School issued a notice to students about 9am on Tuesday to contact the school if students were unable to make exams because they were stuck on a train or could not travel due to the weather.
However, an NZQA spokesman at the school said none of the 60 students who had sat the morning exams needed to apply for a derived grade.
NZQA Assessment deputy chief executive Kristine Kilkelly said families of students impacted by severe weather should check their school's website/parent portal or social media pages to find out whether the school is open and school buses were running.
She said students and their whānau needed to be aware of severe weather warnings and the impact that may have on attending exams.
If students were unable to get to an exam centre due to floods, snow and possible road closures NZQA offered a range of options for students which included a derived grade for NCEA exams.
Rail commuters have been left to wait for replacement buses at Porirua train station.
Metlink says the buses are running late and will not be running to timetable.
A power outage on a section of track in Kaiwharawhara has left a massive amount of train services suspended.
This article first appeared on www.stuff.co.nz
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