25 Oct 2018

Helium balloon halts Auckland trains

12:20 pm on 25 October 2018

Trains were brought to a halt this morning when a helium balloon shorted overhead lines at Auckland's Britomart Station.

A passenger train which derailed at Auckland's Britomart Station on Wednesday morning has been removed.

Britomart Station (file) Photo: RNZ/Eva Corlett

The balloon got into the station just before 11am, Auckland Transport said.

Western, Onehunga and Eastern services were affected for about an hour.

Southern and Western Line services were terminated at Newmarket Station, Eastern Line services stopped at the Strand while Onehunga customers were told to transfer at Penrose.

Power has been restored and trains were leaving from Britomart for all lines, Auckland Transport said.