The NZ Transport Agency and the West Coast Regional Council are working closely with the new owner of Buller Taxis, the only taxi operator in Westport, to ensure the town maintains a service while legal requirements are worked through.
The NZ Transport Agency is advising drivers that SH73, the main road to the West Coast, has reopened. There was a half hour closure due to a truck and trailer getting stuck on the Otira side of the pass.
The NZ Transport Agency is asking motorists to take extra care on southern roads in particular Canterbury and the West Coast over the next three days. A winter storm is forecast over the South Island through to Sunday with heavy rain, strong winds and snow.
The NZ Transport Agency starts five weeks of road repairs just south of Ohau Point, Kaikoura, from today (Monday, 3 August). Ohau Point is known for its seal colony and is about 25 km north of the township.
The Transport Agency says the icy grip on Southland and Otago roads over the last three days shows no immediate signs of easing, and drivers need exercise extra caution when driving in these conditions.
The NZ Transport Agency says drivers need to be extra vigilant in Canterbury, Otago and Southland, with the wintry blast expected to continue to affect many roads in these regions over the next two days.