Like sit­ting ducks on a cross­ing

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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 school chil­dren and Mrs Hud­son says plans to up­grade the road be­side the Kings­land train sta- 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.

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