Temporary Middleton Rd fix criticised
Wellington City Council has agreed to spend $40,000 on a temporary fix of Middleton Road, a decision residents say doesn’t go far enough.
The development of a cycleway and walkway is in the council’s long-term plan.
To improve safety in the interim, the council plans to tarseal the gap between the white line and fence on the eastern side of the road.
Wellington City councillor Malcolm Sparrow said the idea was suggested by someone con- cerned about safety.
‘‘It won’t just benefit cyclists; it will benefit cars too,’’ he said.
Glenside Progressive Association president Jan Voss said the road felt dangerous.
‘‘It’s certainly hazardous at the moment. It’s very narrow and feels quite threatening,’’ she said.
The group made submissions to council about improving the road, but had never had much success, she said. The association was not consulted on the annual plan development.
Voss said some action was better than nothing, but residents would prefer the council made it more of a priority.
‘‘Long term, we want a much more user-friendly, accessible track.
‘‘They should spend more serious money on it and put it higher on the priority list. It’s an essential route into Wellington.’’
The council had spent money connecting Tawa and Porirua and in the central city, but Middleton Road was the missing link, she said.
‘‘It’s become increasingly recreational for cyclists. It’s the route they must take to get into Wellington.
‘‘It shouldn’t be overlooked.’’
Council transport and urban development committee chairman Andy Foster said Middleton Road was low long-term planning list, so it was about making small improvements in the short-term.
He said he was unaware of any major crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists for many years, but people’s perception of risk was important.
‘‘It is a long piece of road, and with a 70kph speed limit I could fully appreciate that people might feel unsafe along Middleton Rd. That would reduce the numbers of people who might feel comfortable walking or cycling there.’’
Wellington City councillor Andy Foster – ‘‘modest level of funding’’.