Motorists trying to get across the city are being warned to expect delays after several crashes have closed lanes with queues building.

The two right-hand southbound lanes of the busy Southern Motorway are closed just after the Khyber Pass on-ramp following a crash.

Auckland Transport warned motorists to take care and be patient around the crash, which happened at 6.20pm.

Since then traffic has been building with the tail now around Cook St.

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An earlier crash on the Southern Motorway, opposite Stafford Rd had been cleared, but congestion was still high with queues back to Esmonde Rd.