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North Canterbury 7.5 quake: Roads damaged and blocked, public transport disrupted – The Dominion Post

Last updated 07:01, November 14 2016

Cracks on SH1 north of Ward.

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Cracks on SH1 north of Ward.

Roads in North Canterbury have been severely damaged and blocked by slips, while trains and ferries in both the North and South Islands have shut down after a 7.5 magnitude quake early on Monday morning.

Between Canterbury and Marlborough, highways, roads and bridges were closed due to quake damage.

All trains in the South Island, and south of Palmerston North in the North Island, have been cancelled, Kiwirail said.

A slip on the Hanmer side of the Waiau Ferry bridge.

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A slip on the Hanmer side of the Waiau Ferry bridge.

The New Zealand Transport Agency said State Highway 7 was closed between Waipara and Springs Junction, as was State Highway 7A between Hanmer Springs and Tekoa Range. 

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Motorists on SH7A between Hanmer Turnoff to Hanmer Springs were urged to take extra care due to a slip blocking both lanes on the eastern side of the Waiau Ferry Bridge.

Wellington's ferry terminal was damaged, and its passenger bridge later washed away.

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Wellington’s ferry terminal was damaged, and its passenger bridge later washed away.

State Highway 1 from Blenheim to Waipara was also closed, as was SH1 from Picton to Blenheim.

WELLINGTON

In Wellington, MetLink advised that no trains or ferries would be operating on Monday morning.

Debris on State Highway 1 north of Ward.

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Debris on State Highway 1 north of Ward.

Buses were operating but may not run to schedule.

Locals were urged to avoid the city’s CBD, where there had been considerably damage to buildings, with fallen glass and masonry littering the streets. 

As at 7am, all of the roads in and out of Wellington – including SH1and SH2 – were free-flowing; however, police were warning motorists that diversions may be put in place throughout the day as damage to roads was assessed.

A slip on the Hanmer side of the Waiau Ferry bridge.

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A slip on the Hanmer side of the Waiau Ferry bridge.

CANTERBURY

Environment Canterbury announced limited bus services due to the tsunami warning, with no buses in or out of New Brighton, Southshore, Sumner, Ferrymead, Lyttelton, Pegasus or Waikuku.

Police were blocking access into Sumner due to the tsunami risk.

Buses would not run from Pegasus into the city, nor Burwood Hospital to New Brighton.

Some buses would be missed due to drivers unable to get to work.

RNZ reported a train was stuck on rails near Kaikoura.

Its driver was believed to be safe and well, and would be airlifted out to Kaikoura on Monday morning.

FERRIES

Cook Strait ferries were not operating on Monday morning, with passengers on one Interislander forced to spend the night aboard their ferry, due to damage to Picton’s dock.

The Wellington ferry terminal’s passenger bridge broke in the quake, and had since been washed away.

Both terminals would be assessed on Monday morning.

No injuries had been reported, Kiwirail said.

The Kaiarahi ferry was standing off Picton, and the Kaitaki and Aratere were at anchor in Wellington Harbour.

 – Stuff

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