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Update: Hughes Line to remain partially closed

The majority of Hughes Line will reopen on Tuesday, but the section from Cornwall Rd to East Taratahi Rd will be closed to northbound traffic for two months until the SH2 roadworks are finished.

A temporary speed limit of 70kmh will be in place along the entire length of Hughes Line, and priority traffic signs, including one-lane bridge indicators, will be placed at the culverts, giving priority to southbound traffic.

Carterton District Council closed Hughes Line for repairs two weeks ago to reinstate the gravel shoulder and to address other maintenance issues caused by all the extra traffic diverting from the SH2 roadworks.

Before that, police reported an uptick in dangerous driving on the road, and the surface had deteriorated to such a state that motorists were shredding car tyres.

Hughes Line is set to fully reopen once the bulk of the SH2 roadworks wraps up in August.

Contractors will return to SH2 in December to lay the top asphalt layer and paint the final line markings.

Hughes Line resident Terry Craig said he was “generally happy” with the repairs and with the decision to close the road to northbound traffic.

“We’re pretty pleased with the work; the effect of all of it will be to reduce traffic volumes which will make the road safer,” he said.


  1. Will the one way system going south 🤔 working great NOT (no signage traffic going south and north) and the speedsters are back. This distribution to traffic, emergency services and safety could have been avoided if Hughes line was widened the full length 😳 not half 😳. Sorry but have no confidence in CDC and NZTA traffic management.

  2. Any truth to the Mayor being behind this? Is it his friends on the road that led him to request that the area commander place police on this road (so says the local cop) and that this is political interference for personal reasons, just as the initial “road works” on that section of road were in the first place?

  3. So this is how CDC let residents know about the one way system through the times age 🤔. A letter would have been more appropriate but that would have shown CDC care for there rate payers.

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Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls
Flynn Nicholls is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age who regularly writes about education. He is originally from Wellington and is interested in environmental issues and public transport.

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