Waterview tunnel passes test with flying colours
Auckland’s Waterview tunnel passed its first workday test with flying colours.
Traffic flowed freely despite the rainy weather as commuters took to the new stretch of motorway on Monday morning.
Penina Momoisea said the tunnel had shaved about 10 minutes off her school run – one third of her overall journey.
‘‘I live in Mangere Bridge and my son goes to school in Grey Lynn. So we’d usually have to go through the back roads of Mount Albert to get to Grey Lynn; it would take 30 to 35 minutes,’’ she said.
New Zealand Transport Agency spokes- man Brett Gliddon said it had been a ‘‘great Monday morning’’ on Auckland’s motorways.
‘‘Traffic has been free-flowing through the tunnel as well as on State Highway 16 and State Highway 20.’’
By midnight on Sunday, 78,000 vehicles had travelled through both tunnels since they opened early on Sunday morning. Its opening date was kept a secret due to congestion fears.
The Waterview tunnel is the final link in the 48km Western Ring Route, which is expected to reduce inner-city traffic. It also provides a direct motorway link from Auckland’s airport to the central city.
The Waterview tunnel opened to public traffic at 12:47am on Sunday.