PM Chris Hipkins slams Restore Passenger Rail protest group as police foil latest plans

Restore Passenger Rail protest action has come to a grinding halt after police intervened on Wednesday morning.

The protest action was due to begin near Johnsonville from 7:20am on Wednesday, but Newshub understands police arrived at the location before their action began. 

A spokesperson for the climate action group told Newshub their planned protest is facing delays as they speak to police, but couldn't confirm or deny if action will go ahead later on Wednesday morning. 

"Police spoke to a small group of people before any planned protest action took place," said a police spokesperson. 

It comes as Prime Minister Chirs Hipkins told AM their action is "simply idiotic".

"I just think whatever point they're trying to make, they're not making it, all they are doing is causing massive disruption to people, that comes with a financial cost often for people that can't actually afford it, it's just simply irresponsible and idiotic."

Their action would have been the second protest this week. On Monday the group temporarily closed Wellington's Vivian St, State Highway One after they glued themselves to the road.  

In an update on Wednesday morning, a police spokesperson said one person was arrested for breach of bail.

"Further enquiries [are] ongoing regarding any planned protest action."