Is­land dan­gers

Auckland City Harbour News - - LETTERS -

In re­sponse to your ar­ti­cle fea­tur­ing com­ments by John Deck – as an­other long­stand­ing res­i­dent of Mt Al­bert I heartily agree with him.

While the traf­fic is­land may have ad­dressed the il­le­gal over­tak­ing on the cen­tral line ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, De­cem­ber 5), it has added con­sid­er­ably to the dan­ger of cars be­ing trapped on the rail­way lines, as well as adding hugely to the traf­fic jams along Wood­ward Rd.

Be­fore cars could ac­cess the right turn­ing lane for turn­ing, and in an emer­gency.

Now they can’t ac­cess the new ‘‘emer­gency’’ area once ve­hi­cles are backed up to the rail­way lines, as they fre­quently can’t fit be­tween the back of the last car and the pedes­trian walk­way or there is a bus parked in the ‘‘emer­gency’’ area and the traf­fic is­land bars ac­cess to the alternative emer­gency es­cape of the right­turn­ing lane.

The ad­van­tage of a right-turn­ing lane to in­crease ef­fi­ciency in traf­fic flow has been negated by cars be­ing un­able to ac­cess the lane be­cause of the traf­fic is­land.

Traf­fic jams along Wood­ward Rd are now not just at peak hours, but are oc­cur­ring through­out the day as the traf­fic is­land im­pedes the traf­fic flow so badly.

Sug­gested so­lu­tion: Use the ‘‘hockey stick’’ idea that was used at the Gil­lies Ave mo­tor­way en­trance to stop cars cross­ing lanes.

This will stop cars cross­ing the cen­tral line, but as­sist traf­fic flow by al­low­ing ac­cess to the right-turn­ing lane.

As a lo­cal res­i­dent who reg­u­larly trav­els along Wood­ward Rd, I have:

1) Seen more in­ci­dents of cars across the rail area in peak hour traf­fic since the ad­vent of the traf­fic is­land.

2) Can fre­quently not exit my road be­cause of the traf­fic back­log at all times in the day, ie, out­side of peak hour times – some­thing that did not hap­pen be­fore the traf­fic is­land.

3) Found the re­duc­tion in street park­ing (as a re­sult of its con­ver­sion to an ‘‘emer­gency’’ area) a nui­sance as re­gards vis­it­ing the shops on the cor­ner of Wood­ward and New North roads. whose re­spon­si­bil­ity the prob­lem is (does the rail cross over the road or vice-versa).

At times I have de­spaired that only a fa­tal ac­ci­dent would prompt ac­tion.

I put up a res­o­lu­tion to the first meet­ing of the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board in Novem­ber 2010 call­ing for ‘‘ac­tion to en­sure pro­gres­sive grade-sep­a­ra­tion of all rail­way level cross­ings’’.

Two years later Auck­land Trans­port re­ports that it is ‘‘plan­ning to in­ves­ti­gate the top five in terms of pri­or­ity’’, but there is still no money bud­geted for con­struc­tion.

Still, I am hope­ful, and Wood­ward Rd is high on the list as it has the high­est ve­hi­cle count.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.