Traf­fic prob­lem get­ting worse

Coun­cil­lor af­ter of­fi­cial an­swers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

‘‘Chaotic’’ traf­fic de­lays along Mana Es­planade have one Porirua City coun­cil­lor de­mand­ing an­swers about what will be done to fix the wors­en­ing prob­lem.

Bron­wyn Kropp, a Cam­borne res­i­dent, was late to the coun­cil’s com­mit­tee meet­ing on Au­gust 2 be­cause she was stuck in traf­fic. She says her own frus­tra­tions echo those of a num­ber of res­i­dents who have con­tacted her lately.

‘‘The Satur­day traf­fic flow is par­tic­u­larly bad, it’s ac­tu­ally chaotic and I would like to know what op­tions we have.’’

She has asked for a re­port from the coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive on whether there are plans to mit­i­gate the is­sues and whether PCC can influence the sit­u­a­tion with NZ Trans­port Agency. Ms Kropp later told Kapi-Mana News the Pare­mata round­about was badly backed up at peak times and at week­ends, es­pe­cially since the new traf­fic lights at Marina View were in­stalled. She has seen boat­ies hav­ing their trail­ers towed from the clear­way ar­eas as well, as res­i­dents are still un­sure of the times ve­hi­cles can be parked in kerb­side lanes.

‘‘I’m get­ting so many calls about this [and] it’s got worse in the past two months.’’

Pare­mata Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Terry Knight says con­ges­tion of­ten flares up when a lot of traf­fic is turn­ing left on to State High­way 58 when trav­el­ling south from Mana Es­planade. ‘‘It backs up re­ally badly and it is worse go­ing up to that [Pare­mata] round­about in the week­ends.

‘‘Most res­i­dents do not want four lanes and I’m sure NZTA are fine with the way things are.’’

Mr Knight did not be­lieve the new Marina View lights were caus­ing prob­lems. A re­view of the area will be done by NZTA in three months time, ad­dress­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of the clear­ways and other traf­fic flow is­sues.

Heavy traf­fic: The al­ready-busy Mana Es­planade is get­ting worse, says Porirua City coun­cil­lor Bron­wyn Kropp, and she wants to know why.

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