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Kaikoura Emergency Access route (Inland Road) closed

Kaikoura Emergency Access route (Inland Road) closed to public

The public are being warned to stay off the Kaikoura Emergency Access route (Inland Road).

Controller Don Chittock said rumours were false about the public being able to drive themselves, or hitch a ride with military convoys, to and from Kaikoura.

"We've also had enquiries about getting a permit to drive to and from Kaikoura. This isn't the case,” he said. “This road is closed to the public with only the approved military convoy and essential services vehicles allowed through, which is managed on a day-by-day basis.”

“The road and surrounds are still fragile and safety is the key issue. No decision has been made on a future public convoy.” Work is continuing to make this route safe, but strict controls are still in place to ensure the safety of road workers, those delivering critical supplies and residents.

Under the state of local emergency, the route remains under the control of the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller.

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