Two highway updates: Lewis Pass serious crash this morning down to one lane near Shenandoah, Akaroa Highway closure 11 am bus recovery


A serious crash one kilometre south of Shenandoah, State Highway 65, south of Murchison, the alternate state highway route between Picton and Christchurch, has reduced the highway to one lane at that point this morning.

Please check the updates on our traffic and travel map(external link)

Drivers need to take care around road crews and the manual traffic management team. People should expect delays this morning through this part of the alternate state highway, Picton to Christchurch. 

Temporary closure for bus recovery

The Christchurch-Akaroa Rd (State Highway 75) will be closed at 11am today for about two hours to recover the bus from yesterday’s car and bus crash. There will two detours in place:

  • Heading to Akaroa from Christchurch: Summit Road and Pigeon Bay Road
  • Heading to Christchurch from Akaroa: – Okains Bay Road and Summit Road.

“Please allow an extra 30 minutes for the detour,” says Lee Wright, NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager.

There is a small cruise ship in Akaroa harbour today so people should be aware there will be buses on the highway before 11 am and after 3 pm.

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