Road trial ter­mi­nated

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The Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil has bowed to public pres­sure and cut short Mata­mata’s me­dian strip trial.

The coun­cil will re­move all bar­ri­ers from Broad­way tonight.

This sec­ond trial, which started in Fe­bru­ary, was orig­i­nally planned to run un­til April 20. It fol­lowed an ear­lier trial that ran from Novem­ber through to Fe­bru­ary.

The coun­cil had aimed to try and im­prove traf­fic flow and ped- es­trian safety Broad­way.

‘‘The tri­als gen­er­ated a lot of de­bate in the com­mu­nity, with many strongly ob­ject­ing to any change to the road lay­out,’’ coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Don McLeod said. ‘‘There has been a huge in­crease in traf­fic in the past cou­ple of years in that area, re­sult­ing in traf­fic flow prob­lems and pedes­trian safety con­cerns.’’

‘‘ How­ever, peo­ple clearly thought the prob­lems caused by

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of the tri­als out­weighed any benefits, so coun­cil has lis­tened to this feed­back and we are re­turn­ing the in­ter­sec­tions to their usual lay­out,’’ he said.

‘‘ We wanted to make this change in time for Easter, when many peo­ple will be head­ing away or hav­ing vis­i­tors join them.’’

In ad­di­tion to con­cerns with the bar­ri­ers, a num­ber of sub­mit­ters raised con­cerns to the coun­cil about the cur­rent con­di­tion of Broad­way.

‘‘Broad­way is ac­tu­ally part of State High­way 24, and is main­tained by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency,’’ McLeod said. ‘‘We have been ad­vised that they are plan­ning to com­plete works to fix the road con­di­tion in the near fu­ture. Un­for­tu­nately th­ese works will cause con­sid­er­able dis­rup­tion and we will be ask­ing NZTA to keep us and the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­formed on what is hap­pen­ing.’’

At this stage the coun­cil has no fur­ther plans to ad­dress the traf­fic flow is­sues on Broad­way. How­ever, it en­cour­ages res­i­dents to of­fer sug­ges­tions by mak­ing a sub­mis­sion to the draft Long Term Plan on the coun­cil’s web­site.

The coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer, Adele Pre­ston, said the cost to im­ple­ment the first trial was $ 3260. When the coun­cil ex­tended the trial, it came to an agree­ment with the sup­pli­ers to have the bar­ri­ers re­main at no ad­di­tional cost.

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