Gridlock communication must improve - trucker
The cause of the large crack in the north western motorway that gridlocked traffic is still being investigated by the NZ Transport Agency.
Thousands of commuters were severely delayed on Wednesday when motorway traffic heading into the city had to use one lane under the Lincoln Rd interchange.
For some drivers it took up to an hour just to get onto the motorway from Central Park Dr.
The lane was closed at 9am after NZTA discovered a crack between the inside lane and the shoulder.
The city-bound on-ramps at Hobsonville Rd and Royal Rd were also closed.
Swanson Transport's manager Jeff Smith says 30 of its trucks were caught up in the delays which resulted in lost revenue of between $2500 and $3000.
"We're striking those situations in Auckland on a regular basis. We are grateful for the work being done to improve the motorways but this was particularly disruptive."
Mr Smith says it's important to put in alternative plans but when a driver gets stuck they just have to wait.
The cause of the crack will not be known until NZTA complete an investigation.
Spokesman Ewart Barnsley says the fault was discovered at 8am after overnight work.
"At the time there was particularly high traffic which could have exacerbated the problem. The lane was reopened at 1.15pm when the repairs were done."
Lugtons Carriers operations manager Simon Melgren says communication between NZTA and commuters needs to be better.
"Unless you searched for the problems online you had no way of knowing what was going on. If you charge customers by the hour it's going to have an effect."
Mr Melgren says the ongoing work at the Lincoln Rd interchange has been causing delays since it began.
"It's going to be good once they are finished but that's not for another 18 months. It's good that they do most of the work at night but for the transport industry time is money."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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