Bol­lards call to stop rat-run­ners

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Mt Eden res­i­dents want to stop com­muters cut­ting through their sub­ur­ban streets and are call­ing for bol­lards to be in­stalled.

Traf­fic has in­creased as morn­ing com­muters use the Hale­sowen Ave and Pine St con­nec­tion to by­pass Do­min­ion Rd, res­i­dent Sam Trows­dale says.

The Pine St Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber says it is the vol­ume of traf­fic, not speed, which is a risk to pedes­tri­ans and school chil­dren.

A speed ta­ble – a long and el­e­vated speed bump – is pro­posed for the Pine St and Ox­ton Rd in­ter­sec­tion to slow traf­fic down.

Trows­dale says four bol­lards should be put on top of the speed ta­ble.

This would al­low the free-flow of cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans but stop non-res­i­den­tial mo­torists en­ter­ing.

The ma­jor­ity of af­fected neigh­bours are in favour of bol­lards, Trows­dale says.

There is still ac­cess res­i­dents off Bal­moral Rd.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes says the board

for sup­ports the res­i­dents.

‘‘Sub­ur­ban traf­fic safety is one of the board’s main pri­or­i­ties.’’

In 2012 the board launched a traf­fic-calm­ing project in San­dring­ham.

But the ‘‘cum­ber­some process’’ means it has taken a long time to put in place, Haynes says.

Al­bert-Eden is ‘‘rat-run­ning city’’ be­cause of the high num­ber of ar­te­rial routes in the area, Haynes says.

The board will in­ves­ti­gate the bol­lards pro­posal with Auck­land Trans­port.

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