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


Ironman disruption


14 January 2013

NZ Transport Agency – Auckland/Northland Regional Offices

NZTA advises of AHB delays for big international sports event

The NZ Transport Agency cautions drivers to expect delays as sections of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Northern Motorway (State Highway 1) will be closed as part of the course for an international Ironman event next Sunday, 20 January.

The closures, which will also include the Northern Busway, will start to be implemented from 1.30am on Sunday and all lanes will be re-opened by 11am.

“We strongly urge drivers to plan ahead,” says the NZTA’s Regional Traffic Operations Manager, Kathryn Musgrave. “The closures are extensive and will have a significant impact on people using the Auckland Harbour Bridge. While three lanes in each direction will remain open, all the lane closures are expected to cause some congestion on our network.”

The harbour bridge, motorway and busway are sections of the 90km-long cycling course for Ironman 70.3 Auckland, which doubles as the Asia-Pacific Championship event.

“The Auckland Harbour Bridge is a critical part of the city’s motorway network and we must carefully consider any request for a closure like this,” Ms Musgrave says. “However, we’re delighted that our iconic harbour bridge can be included as part of an event that is going to attract a lot of international publicity for Auckland.

“We have been working closely with event organisers to ensure that any disruption to drivers is kept to a minimum. We have asked for the event to be held on a Sunday morning when traffic is traditionally lighter – as we do with Auckland’s annual marathon event on the harbour bridge. The big differences with Ironman 70.3 are that the closures will remain in place for an hour or so longer than the marathon, and it is being held during the middle of summer when people may be travelling to holiday destinations.”

Auckland Transport, meanwhile, advises that due to the closures a number of bus stops will be relocated and bus route diversions will be in place in the city centre and the Northern Busway. AT Ambassadors will be available to helps passengers to new stop locations. A Sunday timetable will operate, however longer travelling times for buses travelling in and around the event should be expected. Residents and businesses in the area requiring more information on how road closures might affect them can visit www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz

Ms Musgrave says the NZTA thanks drivers for their support and patience during what will be an exciting event for Auckland.

“We ask that they drive with care and patience – there will be a lot of distraction for them – and we also wish all Ironman competitors every success. We hope that the Auckland Harbour Bridge will feature as part of the course for future Ironman 70.3 Auckland events,” says Ms Musgrave.

Ironman 70.3 Auckland closures are as follows (closures will start to be implemented at 1.30am on Sunday, 20 January, and will be lifted by 11am);-

Auckland Harbour Bridge: two lanes of the southbound box-girder (clip-on) closed
Shelly Beach Road off ramp: closed
Onewa Road on-ramp southbound: closed (to be re-opened at 9.30am)
Northern Motorway (SH1): lane 1 (left hand or inside lane) closed from just north of the Esmonde Road interchange to the Auckland Harbour Bridge
Northern Busway: closed
The Esmonde Road interchange will remain open for all southbound and northbound traffic.



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news