Me­dian strip trial needed for fu­ture plan­ning: mayor

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

At last week’s Business After Five meet­ing, Mata­mata- Pi­ako dis­trict mayor Jan Barnes de­fended the me­dian strip trial.

Speak­ing to the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle after the event, Barnes wanted to stress that it was a trial, not a per­ma­nent fix­ture.

She en­cour­aged Mata­mata res­i­dents to give the coun­cil’s trial a go.

‘‘ It will be four years be­fore the Waikato Ex­press­way af­fects this area and the pres­sure on traf­fic is go­ing to get worse in the mean­time.’’

She also re­vealed the rea­sons why the trial was de­vised.

The first rea­son was keep traf­fic mov­ing.

‘‘ If a car stops in the mid­dle, noth­ing moves.’’

She also said Mata­mata had a ‘‘safety prob­lem with tourists’’.

The coun­cil was go­ing ‘‘big and bold’’ by con­duct­ing the trial with Christ­mas com­ing up, she said.

This was be­cause the coun­cil wanted to run the trial at the busiest time of year to see how the roads coped.

She ac­knowl­edged the trial made peo­ple think more about their trip, but she en­cour­aged res­i­dents to try routes through town, ‘‘es­pe­cially when com­ing out of New World’’.

‘‘ Think about us­ing Rawhiti Rd and com­ing out by the clock tower.’’

Barnes ac­knowl­edged the trial was block­ing up Firth St, but said that Firth St

to had al­ready been block­ing up be­fore the trial.

She said the train com­ing through town caused prob­lems be­fore the trial too. She en­cour­aged res­i­dents to keep an open mind and use dif­fer­ent routes.

‘‘If you live on Pe­ria Rd then use the clock tower route more,’’ she said.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako mayor Jan Barnes

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