Pare­mata round­about still a prob­lem


Caro­line Collins is still con­cerned about the Pare­mata round­about a year af­ter NZ Trans­port Agency said it would look into the prob­lems there.

The Whitby res­i­dent has to bat­tle her way across the heav­ily congested round­about each evening and is be­gin­ning to won­der if any­thing will ever be done.

Last year Collins said she had been ad­vised by NZ Trans­port Agency the ul­ti­mate so­lu­tion was to wait for Trans- mis­sion Gully to be com­pleted in 2020.

How­ever, she said she would like to be able to pull out on to the round­about now with­out feel­ing she was tak­ing her life in her hands.

‘‘My goal is to go to work and come home safely,’’ she said.

The heavy flow of traf­fic head­ing north on State High­way 1 made it dan­ger­ous for driv­ers to pull out of the Pare­mata car park, she said.

Collins has been ap­peal­ing to the trans­port agency for a so­lu­tion for more than two years. She said so far noth­ing has been done.

She said the so­lu­tion could in­clude chang­ing the lo­ca­tion of the car park en­trance and/or plac­ing part or full­time traf­fic sig­nals at the round­about.

‘‘My ex­pec­ta­tion is for NZTA to fol­low through with their prom­ise to re­view the safety of the round­about and make their find­ings pub­lic so peo­ple can see what they plan to do, if any­thing.’’

NZ Trans­port Agency did not re­ply to our re­quests for com­ment.

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