Service Announcement | South Island Flooding 1 June 2021
The extensive flooding has triggered hundreds of evacuations and closed roads and bridges throughout the region. Access from Christchurch to the lower South Island has been impeded, with closures affecting State Highway 1, rail links and alternative rural roads. In addition, rail services between Blenheim and Christchurch are closed, with the Ashley River north of Christchurch flowing at record levels.
Heavy rain is forecast to continue this morning, with Rail and Road access remaining closed. Until such time as water levels subside and debris is able to be cleared, representatives across the region cannot fully inspect infrastructure.
We understand an inspection of the bridge crossing State Highway 1 in Ashburton reports signs of subsidence which could result in extended delays before reopening.
KiwiRail continues to monitor lines, with further updates expected as access allows.
Several of our usual delivery routes are currently closed. Our teams continue to explore alternatives to re-establish services, including inland river crossings, rail and/or coastal services should State Highway 1 remain closed for an extended period. We will provide further updates as more information comes available.
For our affected customers, we strongly recommend holding shipments into/out of the Lower South Island today to avoid unnecessary network congestion.
Please also advise receivers that freight already in the network could be delayed. Your local branch representatives are available to provide details of shipment status.
Our teams appreciate your support as we collectively find a way to navigate this event.