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Locals get access to quake-hit road

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Residents have been granted access to the inland route to Mt Lyford but there is no public access to the road through to Kaikoura.</span> © MATIAS DELACROIX/AFP/Getty Images Residents have been granted access to the inland route to Mt Lyford but there is no public access to the road through to Kaikoura. The only road to some quake-hit communities southeast of Kaikoura will open to locals on Thursday.

The inland route from Waiau through to Mt Lyford has been opened to locals and will not require a 4WD or an escort.

Access beyond Mt Lyford remains restricted to 4WD vehicles, military supply convoys and escorted trips to deliver essential supplies.

It remains closed to the public.

Locals have been frustrated by the lack of access to Mt Lyford since the 7.8-earthquake last Monday.

The inland road was closed after an aftershock on Tuesday and Canterbury Civil Defence controller Neville Reilly says access will remain conditional on weather and further quakes.

He said geotechnical engineers are continually checking the route to assess the safety of the road and surrounding landslip damage.

Mr Reilly urged those using the route to take care due to the risk of landslips and the hazardous road conditions.

Travel was restricted to daylight hours and road users were urged to travel northbound in the monring and southbound in the afternoon where possible.

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