Clear­ways any­thing but

Con­fu­sion reigns

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Traf­fic de­lays are once again mount­ing on Mana Es­planade, says Porirua City coun­cil­lor Bron­wyn Kropp.

A year af­ter clear­ways were in­stalled in the outer two lanes, mo­torists are still con­fused about where and when they can use them, Ms Kropp has been told by res­i­dents.

‘‘It shouldn’t be that dif­fi­cult or con­fus­ing,’’ she says. ‘‘Us­ing lanes has to be really sim­ple to work out.’’

Week­ends are a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem, with traf­fic of­ten backed up all day due to only one lane be­ing in use and peo­ple hav­ing to merge be­cause they didn’t re­alise outer lanes are for park­ing, she says.

Adding to the road’s prob­lems are knock-on ef­fects from de­lays at Pare­mata round­about, and poor driver be­hav­iour in some cases, Ms Kropp says.

She would like to see the sys­tem change so three of the road’s four lanes are open at all times. The south­bound lanes should be clear all morn­ing, and the north­bound lanes all af­ter­noon – and vice versa on the week­ends, she says.

Get­ting rid of car parks al­to­gether is not de­sir­able for busi­nesses or homeowners.

‘‘There does still need to be a park­ing op­tion, we don’t want to pre­vent peo­ple hav­ing vis­i­tors.’’

In fact, more parks are needed, es­pe­cially for boat­ies’ trail­ers at the week­end, she says.

A re­view of the clear­way sys­tem is planned for later this year, says NZTA’s re­gional op­er­a­tions man­ager Mark Owen.

How­ever, feed­back from the com­mu­nity in­di­cates the lanes are work­ing bet­ter than their pre­de­ces­sor T2 lanes, he says.

NZTA mon­i­tors the road with CCTV cam­eras and has not no­ticed more de­lays or un­safe merg­ing be­hav­iour since clear­ways were in­tro­duced.

Rush hour traf­fic has al­ways been a prob­lem on Mana Es­planade, and Trans­mis­sion Gully is be­ing built to al­le­vi­ate such is­sues, Mr Owen says.

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