Fears road changes not enough
Proposed changes to Sandringham Rd for the Rugby World Cup won’t improve traffic safety, say residents.
Auckland City Council plans to realign the road and add bus lanes as part of the $22 million revamp planned for the Eden Park precinct.
But resident Phil Chard says the changes don’t address the high crash rate on Sandringham Rd.
He says the bends between New North Rd and Walters Rd are an accident black spot.
“From what I’ve been hearing about moving the houses back and taking the lamp posts away, there’s going to be very little be- tween the cars and the houses,” he says.
“It’s a little bit of a blind spot and they put the pedestrian crossing in a funny place,” Mr Chard says.
“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 in 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 the redesign of the Sandringham Rd bends, changes to the Walters Rd intersection, and “traffic calming” measures on Walters Rd.
Mr Baguley says plans are still to be confirmed after considering feedback from the public.
Submissions on the plan closed on Tuesday.