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State Highway 2 was closed yesterday following a crash between two trucks at Poukawa.

The crash, between Te Mahanga and Horonui Roads, was reported just before 12.30pm.

Diversions were put in place while the scene was cleared, with the Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Team advised of the accident.

One person received minor injuries and was assessed by ambulance staff.

The highway was reopened just before 5pm.

Tararua Police say with driving conditions becoming more challenging due to wet roads and longer hours of darkness, vehicle owners should check their cars, including the tyres and lights, to make sure they are in good working condition.

Senior Sergeant Carey Williamson says Police traditionally see an increase in crashes as we head into autumn then winter months.

With several roading projects on both rural roads and state highways also underway, Mr Williamson is also reminding drivers to follow temporary speed limits.

He says the sites are someone’s workplace, and driving to the temporary limits ensures that road users and roading contractors are safe.

Public consultation on the draft Regional Land Transport Plan is now open.

The draft plan proposes investing more than $5.5 billion over the next ten years in the region's transport to rebuild from Cyclone Gabrielle and increase resilience.

Regional Transport Committee Chair Martin Williams said the Plan was developed in the year following the Cyclone and focuses on maintaining and rebuilding our transport system, as well as planning and investing for the future.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Councillor Kate Taylor said the proposed plan makes it clear a resilient and reliable roading network, particularly in productive rural areas such as Central Hawke’s Bay, is key to supporting economic productivity.

She said it recognises Central Hawke’s Bay roads have a critical role in unlocking the economic drivers of the region, including the growing number of logs coming from our southern neighbours.

One of the projects in the Plan is the completion of a shared pathway between Waipawa and Waipukurau.

Consultation is open until the 14th of April, with full details available on the HBRC website. Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 24-34 | Consultations