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Restrictions go on Kaikoura inland route

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016

The inland road to Kaikoura is due to be fully open after being buried in a series of landslips in November's magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

There are no restrictions on State Highway 70 from 8am on Monday.

About 50 slips have been cleared and there is a diversion around the unstable Whalesback section of the route.

The route was first used by army convoys to access Kaikoura and then convoys of private vehicles were allowed.

Since the one-way convoy system was set up by the Transport Agency on November 30, more than 3000 vehicle movements have occurred on the inland road.

About two-thirds were southbound, out of Kaikoura, and one-third northbound, towards Kaikoura.

People who have registered under the convoy system for trips in and out of Kaikoura this week will receive a text informing them of the change back to normal.

There will still be speed restrictions and traffic control in areas where work is ongoing.

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