Re­vamp won’t af­fect safety say res­i­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken Changes to San­dring­ham Rd won’t im­prove traf­fic safety, res­i­dents say. Phil Chard says the bends be­tween New North Rd and Wal­ters Rd are ac­ci­dent black spots. “From what I’ve been hear­ing about mov­ing the houses back and tak­ing the

the houses,” he says.

“It’s a lit­tle bit of a blind spot and they put the pedes­trian cross­ing in a funny place. I’ve nearly been hit a few times at that cross­ing, both as a pedes­trian and a cy­clist

He says there’s been an in­crease of crashes on the bend re­cently.

“I’ve been here eight years and there’s been very much a surge in them lately.”

An­other San­dring­ham Rd res­i­dent, who wouldn’t be named, says widen­ing and straight­en­ing the road will en­cour­age driv­ers to go faster.

“The prob­lem we al­ready have is speed,” she says.

“The changes don’t ad­dress the is­sues we have now, and it’s go­ing to keep hap­pen­ing un­til some­one is killed.”

Forty crashes have been re­ported in the area in the past five years.

Auck­land City Coun­cil trans­port com­mit­tee chair­man Ken Bag­u­ley says the Eden Park precinct changes do ad­dress safety is­sues.

Im­prove­ments in­clude re­design of the San­dring­ham Rd bends, changes to the Wal­ters Rd in­ter­sec­tion, and “traf­fic calm­ing” mea­sures on Wal­ters Rd.

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