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Alternative Routes Recommended to Bypass Hamilton V8 traffic

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The Hamilton 400 V8 Supercars street race event is being held in Hamilton next week, from Friday 17 April to Sunday 19 April, and heavy event traffic may cause delays.

The Hamilton 400 V8 Supercars street race event is being held in Hamilton next week, from Friday 17 April to Sunday 19 April, and heavy event traffic may cause delays.

Motorists travelling through the Waikato during the event, who are not going to the V8s or Hamilton, are advised to avoid SH1 and SH1B around Hamilton.

Motorists travelling between Auckland and Tirau, and all places south, who would normally travel on SH1, are advised to travel on SH2 and SH27 instead. Alternative route signs will be in place at the junction of SH1 and SH2 at Pokeno, at the junction of SH2 and SH27 at Mangatarata, and at the junction of SH1 and SH27 at Tirau.

Motorists travelling between Auckland and Taranaki are advised to use SH39.  Alternative route signs will be in place at the junction of SH1 and SH39 at Ngaruawhia and SH3 and SH39 at Otorohanga.

Motorists travelling to Hamilton to attend the V8 races are advised to follow the signs to the designated car park and take the free bus into the city. The designated car park is accessed off SH1B, which runs between Taupiri and Cambridge, and this highway is not recommended as a detour.

NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) Regional Director Harry Wilson says, “This event attracts a lot of additional traffic to the city and may cause delays on the state highway network around Hamilton, particularly on SH1 and SH1B. We recommend that people not coming to Hamilton take one of the alternative routes around the city during the event to bypass any potential congestion.”

NZTA asks people travelling to the V8s to be patient and courteous, and to allow more time than usual for their journey.

For more information please contact:

Julie Hannam
Regional Communications Advisor
T   64 07 903 5146
M  64 027 294 2649  
julie.hannam@nzta.govt.nz

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