Re­move bar­rier

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

The re­cent works Auck­land Trans­port did on the Wood­ward Rd level cross­ing are prob­lem­at­i­cal, ( Cen­tral Leader, De­cem­ber 5).

1) The pedes­trian is­land is good for bet­ter pedes­trian safety – although it’s very close to the right­hand turn­ing cir­cle from the BP sta­tion, es­pe­cially when you need to move fast to get across be­fore traf­fic comes along from the south, and you need to keep your eyes look­ing in that di­rec­tion to watch out for them. An ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen?

2) The bar­rier at the end of the slip­way be­tween the rail line and the BP en­trance on Wood­ward Rd.

It is hard to really see the need for this.

It’s pre­sum­ably in­tended to pro­vide an exit route for any car that is trapped too near the rail line.

But why the bar­rier at the end? All it does is worsen con­ges­tion.

A num­ber of ve­hi­cles head­ing south are in­tend­ing to ac­cess the BP sta­tion.

Many of them leave the BP sta­tion at the New North Rd en­try/ exit.

How­ever, the bar­rier at the end of the slip­way stops them from us­ing this short cut into BP and im­prov­ing traf­fic flow through the in­ter­sec­tion.

Very in­ef­fi­cient and frus­trat­ing for all.

The num­bers en­ter­ing BP from Wood­ward Rd would prob­a­bly be quite con­sid­er­able, eg, one in a 100.

When the in­ter­sec­tion ef­fi­ciency de­pends on the num­bers of cars that get through on a green light, each un­nec­es­sary car re­moved from the queue in­creases ef­fi­ciency.

The bar­rier should be re­moved.

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