Safety bar­rier go­ing ahead

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The build­ing of a new safety bar­rier out­side the Shell petrol sta­tion on Mun­gavin Ave be­fore Christ­mas is a ma­jor re­lief to lo­cal res­i­dents, but they still want ad­di­tional mea­sures to slow traf­fic in the sub­urb.

The bar­rier will con­sist of a traf­fic is­land and new road mark­ings, mean­ing cars com­ing out of the petrol sta­tion can only turn left onto Mun­gavin Ave.

The coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions, Peter Bai­ley, says they hope to start the work in Novem­ber.

‘‘There has been a num­ber of ac­ci­dents there, so this will slow the traf­fic down and peo­ple won’t be able to pull right across the road. We’ve con­sulted with res­i­dents and Shell and this seems a suit­able so­lu­tion.’’

Ranui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion made im­prov­ing the Mun­gavin/ Awa­tea in­ter­sec­tion one of its pri­or­i­ties. There have been many re­ported nose-to-tail ac­ci­dents, and mo­torists turn­ing right out of Shell onto Mun­gavin, near a busy round­about, is of con­cern.

Chair­woman Lepeti Tea says they are ‘‘re­ally happy’’ one of the big items on their to-do list has been ticked off. ‘‘It’s a great start and a real achieve­ment for us. For the res­i­dents, we hope this will make liv­ing and work­ing and driv- ing around this area safer for ev­ery­one. It’s go­ing to re­duce the stress and in­crease the safety for ev­ery­one and we’re so grate­ful to the coun­cil for com­ing on board with this.’’

Ms Tea says though tan­gi­ble steps can be taken like bar­ri­ers, road mark­ings and sig­nage, driv­ers’ at­ti­tudes must also change. On Oc­to­ber 3 a car ended up on its roof on the corner of Awa­tea and Arawhata streets.

‘‘I heard the car com­ing along at high speed, then the brakes went on hard. I an­tic­i­pated the ‘ bang’ and sure enough went out my front door to find the car over­turned.

‘‘Luck­ily, no-one was hurt but this sort of thing has hap­pened a few times now.’’

She be­lieves PCC needs to take ‘‘ a hard look’’ at the roads in Ranui, with traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures in­ves­ti­gated.

Ranui crash: The sub­urb’s res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son

Lepeti Tea took this pho­to­graph ear­lier this month af­ter mak­ing sure

the oc­cu­pants were not badly in­jured. She says the ac­ci­dent at the

corner of Awa­tea and Arawhata streets was the re­sult of poor driv­ing and a lack of traf­fic calm­ing


New bar­rier: A traf­fic is­land is to be in­stalled out­side Shell on Mun­gavin Ave, seen in this graphic as a long white is­land over the ex­ist­ing mark­ings. It will pre­vent mo­torists from turn­ing right out of the ser­vice sta­tion.

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