Mo­tor­way’s ghost lanes ‘caus­ing havoc’

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - SI­MON SMITH

Of­fi­cials are be­ing ac­cused of hav­ing an ‘‘ap­palling’’ at­ti­tude to road safety with the ghost lanes on Auck­land’s North­west Mo­tor­way

The road is un­der con­struc­tion but old lane mark­ings can glow brighter in the sun than new lanes, con­fus­ing mo­torists, who are in­ad­ver­tently driv­ing into the wrong lane.

NZTA high­ways man­ager Brett Glid­don says the agency un­der­stands the old mark­ings can be con­fus­ing and it is work­ing hard to im­prove them.

Work has al­ready im­proved the sit­u­a­tion along the cause­way, he says.

‘‘The best so­lu­tion is to resur­face the road, which is pro­gres­sively hap­pen­ing over the next few months,’’ he says.

The mo­tor­way’s mark­ings have been reg­u­larly in­spected and ar­eas of con­cern wa­ter-blasted. ‘‘How­ever, this can still re­sult in a rough­ened tex­ture which can be dif­fi­cult to dif­fer­en­ti­ate from new mark­ings.’’

Trans­port com­men­ta­tor Ben Ross es­ti­mates about 120,000 cars use the mo­tor­way ev­ery day, with about 60,000 cars head­ing each way.

Edi­tor of do­gan­dle­mon.com and road safety cam­paigner Clive Matthew-Wil­son says NZTA and its con­trac­tors of­ten have an ‘‘ap­palling’’ at­ti­tude to mo­torists dur­ing roadworks.

‘‘I’ve per­son­ally driven down the road in ques­tion, and I can see how easy it would be for mo­torists to make mis­takes,’’ he says. safety is­sue, and it’s grossly ir­re­spon­si­ble for both the NZTA and the road­ing con­trac­tors to be tak­ing this is­sue so lightly’’.

Waitakere coun­cil­lor Linda Cooper is call­ing for or­ange lane mark­ings, in­stead of re­seal­ing.

‘‘Safety should be non­nego­tiable. I never want to hear

Where are the lanes? This photo, taken from the Car­ring­ton Rd over-bridge has not been dig­i­tally al­tered.

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