Aftershocks Stop South Rail


The Tranz Alpine service will not be resuming today after all.

The continuing aftershocks mean all train services have been stopped in central Canterbury and other services.

Civil defence say the likelihood of aftershocks of up to around Magnitude 6 will remain for the next week.

Aftershocks will continue to affect response and recovery operations (e.g. rail and buildings). Weather may also affect the response, such as rainfall remobilising silt into wastewater systems. Wind and rain may further compromise damaged buildings.

The aftershocks have affected rail badly.

In fact, all train services in the central Canterbury area bounded by Ashburton/Springfield/Christchurch have been stopped while structures and track inspections are carried out.

The TranzAlpine has been cancelled today, and coal trains from the West Coast have now  stopped operations.

Metro bus services are operating for Christchurch, Selwyn, and Waimakariri districts, with some exceptions and passengers have been dropped off around the CBD cordons.

All main urban arterials in Christchurch are open, except those in the CBD area. These are not closed due to the state of the roads, but due to risk from unsafe buildings. The State Highway network in Canterbury has been checked, including structural checks.

Bridges have all been checked and culverts are now being checked for displacement.
SH 77 Glentunnel to Glenroy closed due to an underslip moving further but a signed detour is in place.

SH 74 is closed: Anzac Drive (between Travis Road and New Brighton road) and Dyers Road (between Pages Road and Metro Place) in Christchurch City. Alternative routes are available, however, fixing this will be a priority as this is the route to the Port.





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