In­ter­sec­tion changes op­posed

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Plans to make a busy in­ter­sec­tion, in cen­tral Taka­puna, more pedes­trian-friendly are op­posed by some res­i­dents.

The re­moval of free left turns from The Strand into Lake Rd and from Lake Rd into Hurst­mere Rd, was among con­cerns raised by Taka­puna’s Tony and Rachel Lewis with Auck­land Trans­port (AT).

‘‘Th­ese changes will re­sult in traf­fic de­lays, par­tic­u­larly in The Strand, and queues at times back to the play­ground,’’ they wrote in a let­ter to AT.

‘‘The Strand free turn is used by many lo­cals who come from the Mil­ford area to­wards Devon­port, and ev­ery­one we have spo­ken to are con­cerned and an­gry that the free left turn will be re­moved,’’ Rachel Lewis ex­plained.

AT’s net­work man­age­ment and safety group man­ager Rand­hir Karma said the pro­posed changes, which in­clude the re­moval of slip lanes and pedes­trian is­lands at the Lake Rd, The Strand, Hurst­mere Rd and Northcroft St in­ter­sec­tion, are go­ing ahead to the de­tailed de­sign stage, and will make it safer and sim­pler to cross the road.

‘‘Mi­nor de­lays to gen­eral traf­fic is ex­pected, but this is con­sid­ered ac­cept­able within the con­text of the in­ter­sec­tion be­ing within the Taka­puna Metropoli­tan Cen­tre,’’ Karma said.

‘‘One of the is­sues with the ex­ist­ing lay­out is that some ve­hi­cles fail to give way to pedes­tri­ans at the ze­bra cross­ing. The re­moval of the slip lane would mean the pedes­trian and ve­hi­cles phase will be time­sep­a­rated, so pedes­tri­ans are fully pro­tected from ve­hi­cle move­ments.

‘‘Not only will the lay­out of the pedes­trian cross­ing be sim­pli­fied, the ve­hi­cle move­ment can now also be bet­ter man­aged through traf­fic sig­nals.’’

Rachel Lewis said she of­ten crosses at the next cross­ing, near Blom­field Spa, and cars fre­quently do not stop. ‘‘Are AT plan­ning to re­move other pedes­trian cross­ings where their sur­veys may show cars do not give way?’’

The re­moval of the slip lane also al­lows for bus pri­or­ity to be in­tro­duced, which would lead to im­proved jour­ney times and ser­vice re­li­a­bil­ity, Karma said.

Karma said the plans for the in­ter­sec­tion of Lake Rd and The Strand align with Auck­land Coun­cil’s Hurst­mere Rd up­grade, which aims to cre­ate a wel­com­ing space for pedes­tri­ans.

The free turn will be re­moved from The Strand and Lake Road in Taka­puna to im­prove pedes­trian safety.

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