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.