Lights too slow

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


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?

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