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Weather event could impact travel plans

Weather event could impact travel plans

Another weather event is on its way with rain being the main issue this time. This information is to provide you with an early heads-up to help with planning. Weather can change quickly, so before travelling please check the NZ Transport Agency website: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic or phone 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

Further information is on the latest NZ Transport Agency media release: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/media-releases/wet-weather-coming-to-east-coast-south-island-coinciding-with-end-of-the-school-holidays/

SH1 South Kaikoura
Heavy rain is forecast from Friday to Saturday evening. Crew will work hard to keep the road open, but if there are any safety concerns due to the weather impact it could be temporarily closed until deemed safe again.
If closed, Inland Route 70 will become the detour route (subject to its availability).

Inland Route 70
Rain forecast and snow is possible Friday/Saturday. Staff are on call to keep this route as resilient and safe as possible.
At this time, snow isn't a significant feature in the forecast, but please travel with care - particularly on the higher passes. Weather can change quickly.

Alternate Picton to Christchurch Route - Lewis Pass SH7
Heavy rain is forecast for Friday/Saturday.
At this time, snow isn't a significant feature in the forecast, but please travel with care - particularly on the higher passes. Weather can change quickly.
There are additional road work sites currently on this route – adding up to 45 minutes to the journey. Some of this work was delayed due to last week’s bad weather so please add extra time into your journey.

Canterbury and general
Take extra care across the region - there is a heavy rain warning for Christchurch/North Canterbury and the east coast of the South Island. Surface flooding is likely across the city and greater ChristchurchFriday/Saturday.
This weekend marks the end of the school holidays so there will be increased traffic on the roads.
Driving will be treacherous on the network in many parts over the next 48 hours - reduced visibility through Alpine Passes and many roads vulnerable to surface flooding and minor slips.
Before travelling, check the NZ Transport Agency website: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

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