A rubbish truck fire that has blocked traffic to Auckland Airport has been extinguished. A police spokeswoman said a tow truck has moved the damaged truck on George Bolt Memorial Drive and the road is now clear. Traffic had been banked up several kilometres to the north of the airport after the truck caught fire soon after 7am. The airport tweeted describing it as "a small truck fire".
The NZ Transport Agency said the breakdown was in the southbound lane on George Bolt Memorial Drive, approaching the John Goulter Drive roundabout. "The right-lane is blocked. Expect delays heading to the airport," it said.
Small truck fire causing road closure on George Bolt Memorial Drive, airport bond near Airport retail centre - Traffic diversion in place.— Auckland Airport (@AKL_Airport) March 20, 2017
The agency advised using Puhinui Rd.
Emergency services now diverting all airport-bound traffic thru shops for safety due possible truck fire ^TP— NZTA Akld & Nthlnd (@NZTAAkl) March 20, 2017
Traffic diversion to remain in place for next 30 mins approx. whilst Heavy Haulage tow works to remove the broken down truck.— Auckland Airport (@AKL_Airport) March 20, 2017