Tun­nel crash: what to do


Thou­sands of ve­hi­cles will flow through the new Water­view tun­nel each day, and it is in­evitable there will be crashes from time to time.

When that hap­pens, tun­nel ad­min­is­tra­tors say years of care­ful plan­ning and engi­neer­ing will come into play.

NZTA’s Auck­land High­way Man­ager Brett Glid­don said keep­ing peo­ple safe within the tun­nels was a ‘‘top pri­or­ity’’.

In an ef­fort to ease con­ges­tion fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent, the tun­nels are equipped with ‘‘state of the art’’ com­mu­ni­ca­tion and safety fea­tures, Glid­don said.

Stay alert.

Stay in your lane and avoid chang­ing.

Keep your speed to within the posted limit.

Keep a safe dis­tance from the ve­hi­cle in front.

No stop­ping.

Dan­ger­ous good ve­hi­cles, ve­hi­cles more than 4.3m high and ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing un­cov­ered loose bulk loads are not al­lowed in­side the tun­nel.

Stay in your car.

Turn on your ra­dio.

Lis­ten and fol­low in­struc­tions given on the ra­dio, over the PA sys­tems or mes­sages dis­played on screens and signs over­head.

If the tun­nel needs to be evac­u­ated, leave your car and go quickly to the places of safety as in­structed while you wait.


If you get into an ac­ci­dent in one of the twin-2.4km long tun­nels, take a breath and lis­ten - NZTA have planned for it all.

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