Auckland flooding: Roads closed, transport services cancelled as harsh weather returns
Auckland roads remain closed and public transport services are either canceled or delayed as the city enters Day 4 of recovery from Friday’s floods.
Thirteen arterial roads, 25 local roads and six sections of both State Highway 1 and 16 are either partially or completely closed due to weather damage around Tāmaki Makaurau.
Bus services are operating, including rail replacements, but further last-minute cancellations may still occur due to severe weather conditions, according to Auckland Transport.
Both the Gulf Harbor and Devonport ferries will be replaced by buses on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Fullers360 has reduced its ferry service to allow its boats to travel at slower speeds to avoid debris in the harbour.
Devonport services operate once an hour to and from the city centre.
A slip near Meadowbank train station in East Auckland
Waiheke services operate hourly until 19:15 and then the normal timetable applies.
Services to Hobsonville Point, Half Moon Bay, Birkenhead and Bayswater operate on weekend timetables.
There will be an additional 20:15 sailing to Half Moon Bay from Auckland and 21:00 from Half Moon Bay.
Gulf Harbor cruises are cancelled. Services to Rangitoto Island and Rotoroa Island are canceled until the state of emergency in Auckland is lifted.
The Western Line train services will only operate between Newmarket and New Lynn on a 20-minute frequency due to a further slip found near the track between Parnell and Newmarket.
Britomart remains closed while water is pumped out of the train station.
Auckland Transport acting chief executive Mark Lambert said Aucklanders should continue to “consider the need to travel”.
“Plan carefully, consider any detours or road closures as well as public transport options before you travel,” he said.
Lambert said to expect extended journeys and reduced frequency of public transport due to road closures.
It comes as police responded to a single vehicle accident on the Kaipara Coastal Highway at around 5.50am on Tuesday morning, a spokesperson said.
The Britomart train station remains closed while water is pumped out. (File photo.)
The accident is partially blocking the road and diversions are in place at Makarau and Tuhirangi Road, the area is expected to be completely blocked while the scene is cleared.
“Diversions are in place and motorists are advised to expect delays following an accident this morning in Makarau.”
Northland, Auckland north of Orewa, Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty will again be hit by heavy rain as a new weather system moves through the North Island today.
A MetService spokesman said they were expecting between 120mm and 170mm of rain in Northland, Auckland and Coromandel and 170mm to 270mm in showers in more localized areas.
A heavy rain warning remains in place for Auckland, and will lift at 7am on Wednesday.