29 Aug 2018

Motorists warned to take care in wet weather

8:24 am on 29 August 2018

A collision between a car and a train closed down part of Auckland's rail network this morning, with wet weather also causing traffic disruption across the city.

Traffic on Auckland motorways has been crawling in the wet weather.

Traffic on Auckland motorways has been crawling in the wet weather. Photo: NZTA

Heavy downpours are forecast for most of the North Island and the upper South Island today as a front in the Tasman sea moves east across New Zealand.

MetService has urged motorists to drive to the conditions on their morning commutes due to the heavy rain.

In Auckland, NZTA has warned that weather conditions are very poor on all routes today and motorists should slow down, increase their following distance, keep their lights on and take extra care.

Train services between Henderson and Swanson have also been suspended after a car and train collided in the Auckland suburb of Ranui.

Police said they were called to the Metcalfe Road crossing just after 6.20am.

No one was injured. Auckland Transport said train services were now operating again between Henderson and Britomart.

A section of Stoddard Rd in Mt Roskill near Richardson Rd was also blocked this morning by a car fire, while a crash blocked the right northbound lane of SH20 after the airport, although this has now been cleared.

Further north, NZTA said surface water flooding was affecting the Hill St intersection on SH1 in Warkworth, although the road remains open.

MetService meteorologist Tom Bell said the heaviest falls were likely for Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne today.