Derailed train at Mercer update - 2.30pm
3 September 2013
Derailed train at Mercer update - 2.30pm: Transport Agency expects highway to be open by 3pm today
The NZ Transport Agency says with the clearing of the derailed train and container unit almost completed, it expects State Highway 1 at Mercer to be fully open by 3.00pm.
Regional Performance Manager for the Transport Agency Karen Boyt says traffic is flowing without any problems through the short diversion.
“The diversion for both directions of traffic through the north bound lanes is running well and will remain in place until we fully reopen the highway, which we expect will be in the next half hour.”
We continue to ask drivers to use an alternate highway route if possible until State Highway 1 is fully reopen at Mercer, but in the meantime we ask those drivers travelling through this area to be patient, take care through the area and to allow plenty of time for their journey,” says Ms Boyt.
Motorists can find information about most road closures, detours and road works by calling the NZTA’s free phone on 0800 4HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49), which can also be used to report any significant road issues or hazards which people may come across during their travels.
The NZTA also uses other technology to provide information to enable drivers to make better informed choices about their travel. On The Move is a free service which enables people to sign up for information about crashes, road works and driving conditions on their frequently used routes - to sign up, go to www.onthemove.govt.nz.
For more information please visit www.nzta.govt.nz