Service Alerts

Greymouth to Arthur's Pass is now reopen
20 hours ago

We are pleased to announce that engineering work on the Omoto Slip has been completed overnight and that the TranzAlpine services between Greymouth and Arthur's Pass will be operating as normal from today, Wednesday 20 November 2019.

The historic Omoto Slip has been a frequent source of frustration for the railway and road just outside of Greymouth, occasionally moving by centimetres during heavy rains - as happened recently.

However, the prolonged delay this autumn allowed engineers to protect against future movements by installing a new drainage system and robust underpinning.

We sincerely apologise to all passengers whose journeys were disrupted by the recent closure and we are very grateful for everyone's patience and understanding. But with the improvements in place, we are now confident we'll be able to run without disruption in the future.

 

Update: timing of Arthur's Pass to Greymouth line reopening
17 days ago

We have received an update from the KiwiRail engineering team, and due to the complexity of the Omoto line rebuild work, we are now scheduling replacement bus services up to and including Friday, 22nd November 2019.

If you are booked to travel between Greymouth and Arthur's Pass within the affected period, then we will be in touch very shortly.

TranzAlpine services are running to schedule between Christchurch and Arthur's Pass and will remain unaffected by this temporary closure.

Greymouth reopening delayed
30 days ago

KiwiRail engineers have advised us that work reopening the Midland line at Omoto, Greymouth, has been delayed following last weekend's rainfall.

We are now scheduling replacement bus services up to and including Friday, 8th November 2019, and expect to be able to provide further updates next week.

If you are booked to travel between Greymouth and Arthur's Pass within the affected period, then we will be in touch very shortly.

TranzAlpine services are running to schedule between Christchurch and Arthur's Pass and will remain unaffected this temporary closure.

Arthur's Pass to Greymouth reopening now scheduled
35 days ago

Work has now started on reopening the track outside Greymouth. Engineers are hopeful this work will be completed late next week, depending on weather conditions.

We are currently scheduling bus replacement services to run between Arthur's Pass and Greymouth until Wednesday 23rd October, 2019. 

We expect to receive a final update on Monday, 20th October 2019.

Scheduled TranzAlpine services continue to run between Christchurch and Arthur's Pass.

Temporary line closure between Greymouth and Arthur's pass continues
42 days ago

The TranzAlpine is still running between Christchurch and Arthur's Pass while engineers assess reopening the railway just outside of Greymouth. 

We are hopeful that a scheduled resumption will be announced on Monday 14 October, and we will post further updates early next week. 

For the time being, we will be continuing to run replacement bus services between Greymouth and Arthur's Pass up to and including Wednesday 24th October, 2019. 

 For more information about this historic slow-moving slip and its location, we recommend visiting the NZTA website: https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/roadclosures/270371

Part-service interruption between Arthur's Pass and Greymouth
45 days ago

Due to the continued movement of the Omoto slip outside Greymouth and the heavy weather expected in the next few days, KiwiRail expects the Midland Line to remain closed between Stillwater and Greymouth until Monday 14 October 2019. 

The TranzAlpine will continue to run as scheduled between Christchurch and Arthur's Pass, with replacement bus services connecting between Arthur's Pass and Greymouth.

We are currently contacting all affected customers, both directly and through our partner agencies. We apologise to all those affected, but be assured we are doing everything we can to minimise this inconvenience. 

Service partly suspended between Arthur's Pass and Greymouth
49 days ago

The TranzAlpine is partly suspended between Arthur's Pass and Greymouth.

Prolonged heavy rains have resulted in a slip blocking the railway tracks near Omoto. KiwiRail crews are working to clear the blockage and estimate they will have the line open early next week.

We will be running a replacement bus service between Arthur's Pass and Greymouth during this period and will do everything we can to minimise the impact. We are currently contacting all affected bookings and if you are due to be travelling with us between 4 October and 7 October 2019 then we will be in touch shortly.

The good news is that the TranzAlpine is unaffected between Christchurch and Arthur's Pass and will be running as scheduled.