Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Take care on SH46 following this week’s volcanic activity


NZ Transport Agency


23 November 2012

Sightseers advised to take care on SH46 following this week’s volcanic activity

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is advising motorists keen to sightsee on State Highway 46 to take extra care when driving through the area and to avoid stopping on the highway if possible.

NZTA highway network operations manager, Karen Boyt, says residents and other motorists in the area have raised concerns over the number of vehicles in the area following this week’s minor eruption on Mount Tongariro.

“We are being told that people travelling into the central plateau to view the eruption site from the highway are creating road safety hazards for other road users in the area,” says Ms Boyt. “We would always encourage motorists to avoid stopping on a highway unless there is a dedicated rest area to pull into; as even parking well to left can still cause visibility problems or create an obstacle for other people driving past.”

“Not only are people stopping; we have had reports of people running back and forth across the highway, often in front of oncoming traffic, endangering themselves and others. We would also like to remind drivers travelling through this area to stay alert and keep their eyes on the road rather than the scenery, until they find an appropriate rest area to stop in.”

Ms Boyt says at this stage SH46 remains open and the Agency is working closely with the Department of Conservation (DOC), Taupo District Council, Waikato Regional Council, GNS Science and civil defence staff as further monitoring and analysis of the situation continues.

“We appreciate that people are keen to take a look at the volcanic activity in the central plateau area, but it’s essential that they don’t forget how their actions can impact on their safety and the safety of others. That remains our top priority, regardless of whether activity in this volcanic area is of a minor or more significant nature.”

Ms Boyt says the NZTA will update drivers on highway conditions in the area should any change in the current situation occur. “In the meantime, we have signage in place along the highway, reminding people about the issues related to stopping on SH46.”

“Our contractors will continue to monitor the area extremely closely, which they have been doing since changes in volcanic activity were noted earlier this year. They will be able to respond very quickly if they detect anything of concern. We’ll also be sharing this information with the other organisations carrying out their own monitoring and analysis activities in this area and they will be doing the same with us.”

Ms Boyt says that should an event occur where the highway needs to be closed, drivers can instead travel via SH1, SH41 and SH47. Regularly updated information on road conditions is available the NZTA's freephone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49) or online at www.highwayinfo.govt.nz.

ENDS

The NZ Transport Agency works to create transport solutions for all New Zealanders – from helping new drivers earn their licences, to leading safety campaigns to investing in public transport, state highways and local roads. Follow us on twitter@nzta_news.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gaza.Scoop: UNRWA School, Ambulances Attacked - Gaza MOH

The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses its horror and outrage at the latest Israeli massacre moments ago at an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons in Beit Hanoun. Ten people have been killed and there is a large number of wounded. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news