Call for action on risky crossing
A pedestrian crossing on Sandringham Rd is driving residents around the bend.
Resident Andrea Hudson says every day she is tempted to cross the road directly outside her house rather than use the crossing, near Kowhai Intermediate School, because she thinks it’s safer.
“Sometimes I want to but how does that teach my son about road safety?” she says.
Ms Hudson says she’s witnessed a number accidents in the area and has nearly been a victim herself.
“With two small children and a dog, we’re like sitting ducks.
“The council could place speed humps before the train station and at a safe distance before the crossing.
“Given it is only a 50kmh area, it would allow drivers to slow down and focus on clearly marked signage,” she says.
Florist Bronwen Hughes also thinks speed-reducing measures along the road are urgently needed.
She was badly injured last April when a speeding vehicle lost control and hit her outside her shop, Urban Flowers.
“It’s a bad piece of road. I was in hospital for three weeks. Then, just before Christmas, another driver crashed into a parked vehicle and shunted it up to my shop.”
The pedestrian crossing is used daily by schoolchildren and Ms Hudson says plans to upgrade the road beside the Kingsland train station for the Rugby World Cup in 2011 are not going to help.
“Ten million dollars is planned to be spent on this road but there’ll still be speed problems and a crossing on a blind corner. It will just be an expensive and dangerous stretch of road.”
Auckland City Council transport committee deputy chairman John Lister says officers have visited the site and will closely monitor the situation to improve safety along the road as part of plans for the world cup.
“We have investigated the history of crashes at this crossing and fortunately there have been none reported in the past five years.”
He says vegetation will be trimmed to give drivers a better line of sight and signs will be repositioned to make them more prominent.
He hopes that in addition to providing faster and more reliable travel for buses and cyclists, the upgrade will improve traffic and pedestrian safety.
Dangerous crossing: Andrea Hudson and her children Felix and Pippi-Lola must cross Sandringham Rd daily with extreme caution.