Cross­ing woes

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A so­lu­tion is yet to be found for road users frus­trated by new safety mea­sures at a dan­ger­ous rail­way cross­ing. Changes were made to the Wood­ward Rd rail­way cross­ing in Mt Al­bert last year af­ter it was found to be a sig­nif­i­cant risk to road users. Drivers over­tak­ing on the tracks and car­ry­ing out other dan­ger­ous ma­noeu­vres near the cross­ing led to nine near col­li­sions be­tween trains and cars in just six years. The new safety mea­sures in­clude a traf­fic is­land on the side of the cross­ing clos­est to New North Rd and an emer­gency bay to try and stop the over­tak­ing. But the mea­sures have proved to be frus­trat­ing for other road users. In De­cem­ber Mt Al­bert res­i­dent John Deck spoke to the Auck­land City Har­bour News about his con­cerns. He says the is­land is caus­ing a mas­sive traf­fic bot­tle neck. ‘‘At any time of the day queues can be seen go­ing back at least two blocks,’’ he said at the time. The Auck­land City Har­bour News re­ceived a num­ber of let­ters from other con­cerned res­i­dents fol­low­ing the ar­ti­cle. An Auck­land Trans­port spokesman says the cross­ing is be­ing mon­i­tored but no changes are planned yet.

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