Lights too slow
There appears to have been a significant change in the timing of the traffic lights at the junction of Mana Esplanade and Acheron Rd. Main road traffic now waits a significant interval, while no further vehicles emerge from the side roads.
Another complication for southbound traffic at this intersection is the commencement of the clearway just past the junction.
It took two changes of the lights for me to get through the junction at 2.45pm today, a typical Monday. I was stuck in the single line of traffic stretching north around the curve in the highway.
The final irony was that although the clearway was not operating, for once there were no cars parked all the way to the Paremata Bridge. Often the delays serve the interests of just two to three parked cars. I only just made my 2.45pm medical appointment.
How much longer do we have to put up with the under-utilisation of a four lane main road – and the dangerous temptation to pass on the left, in the interests of saving time?