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Slip updates on the West Coast 5.15 pm: Meybille Bay route, SH6, could be open in the morning


Access to Westport remains at one route in and out overnight, via Reefton.

The Coast Road between Greymouth and Westport, SH6, may reopen at 8 am Saturday, subject to an inspection.

It will be open daytime hours 8 am to 5 pm until further notice, so long as there is no further rockfall at Meybille Bay, north of Punakaiki, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Updates for Meybille Bay(external link)

An earlier slip at Lyell in the Upper Buller Gorge, also SH6, will keep that route closed with an update at 10 am Saturday.

Check here tomorrow for any change in status through the Upper Buller Gorge at Lyell(external link)

How to get to Westport

The detour route into Westport tonight remains via the Shenandoah, SH65, the Lewis Pass/Springs Junction, SH7, and Reefton, SH69 back to SH6 for people travelling south from Nelson. 

Please note: There is a short section of SH65 with a reduced speed limit under traffic signals due to storm damage between Maruia and Shenandoah.

Details of the detour(external link)