Refuges won’t work

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

ALLEN Grainger can think of 35,000 rea­sons why a pedes­trian refuge should not be added to the street he lives on.

That is the num­ber of traf­fic move­ments per day on a sec­tion of the four-lane Maioro St in New Wind­sor, on which Auck­land Trans­port is propos­ing to put two pedes­trian refuge is­lands.

Auck­land Trans­port is con­sid­er­ing adding the refuges to pro­vide havens for pedes­tri­ans on the busy stretch be­tween New Wind­sor and Richard­son roads where there are now no cross­ings.

The refuges would be at 23 and 61 Maioro St. They would in­clude pram cross­ings with tac­tile pavers, up­graded foot­paths to tie in with the cross­ings and mark­ings to make the cross­ings vis­i­ble to pass­ing traf­fic.

The sites were cho­sen be­cause they are close to bus stops and street lights.

The pro­posed changes are part of an on-go­ing ‘‘route op­ti­mi­sa­tion pro­ject’’ which aims to en­sure safe and co­or­di­nated op­er­a­tion of a road so that traf­fic can travel smoothly with­out stop­ping at ev­ery in­ter­sec­tion.

Auck­land Trans­port has sought feed­back from res­i­dents.

It is in the process of as­sess­ing the feed­back be­fore mak­ing any changes or go­ing ahead.

Mr Grainger lives on Maioro St and says the road is too busy for cross­ings not con­trolled by lights.

‘‘It’s too danger­ous to get across the traf­fic,’’ he says.

He is also wor­ried about Maioro St be­com­ing busier as more mo­tor­way traf­fic hits it and up­grade works at nearby Tiver­ton Rd and Wolver­ton St also in­creas­ing flows onto Maioro St.

‘‘When it’s not clogged up al­ready I be­lieve the aver­age speed is way more than 60kmh. Peo­ple leave the mo­tor­way and don’t know it’s a 50kmh zone, es­pe­cially if they’ve come straight up the mo­tor­way and don’t have to stop at any lights.

‘‘With the Tiver­ton and Wolver­ton work be­ing done it will feed more traf­fic on to Maioro St as well.’’

He says there is an in­ter­sec­tion and safe cross­ing 300m from his place at 23 Maioro St which would be a safer op­tion for pedes­tri­ans.

Auck­land Trans­port spokes­woman Sharon Hunter says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is gath­er­ing and as­sess­ing feed­back and is happy to re­ceive more.

‘‘Please write sub­mis­sions,’’ she says. ‘‘ We go out to con­sul­ta­tion for a rea­son – this is what we think, tell us what you think.’’

Photo: JOE DAW­SON

Wor­ried: Maioro Rd res­i­dent Allen Grainger says pedes­trian refuges on a sec­tion of the busy street would be haz­ardous for crossers and would slow traf­fic down.

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