Road trial terminated
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
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.