No lights and bro­ken per­mits

Rodney Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

Imag­ine wait­ing up to ten min­utes to cross a road to do your job? This is the cur­rent is­sue for some res­i­dents, truck driv­ers, staff and busi­ness own­ers turn­ing into the Sil­verdale Busi­ness Park.

The in­ter­sec­tion of Sil­verdale Street, Tavern Road and the Hibis­cus Coast High­way is known to be busy and hard to cross es­pe­cially for heavy­weight trucks.

Res­i­dent and pre­vi­ous pres­i­dent for the Sil­verdale Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion Lor­raine Samp­son shared her frus­tra­tion about the ab­sence of lights and how dan­ger­ous the in­ter­sec­tion can be.

Samp­son said trucks are forced to wait for up to ten min­utes some­times to turn into Tavern Road due to their per­mits given by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency.

‘‘Cars do not slow down for them, this is caus­ing track driv­ers to get frus­trated and un­for­tu­nately use East Coast Road which is against their per­mit.’’

If truck driv­ers are seen us­ing other roads, com­pa­nies can lose their per­mits and face heavy penal­ties.

Samp­son said the lights were in a Coun­try Long Term Plan in 1976.

‘‘There has been lights pop­ping up all over the place but not here which is frus­trat­ing. It is cost­ing busi­nesses and peo­ple money and time.’’

Due to this a lot of peo­ple have been seen do­ing il­le­gal turns out of Wainui Road and also at the in­ter­sec­tion.

‘‘Cars are com­ing out of the Sil­verdale Vil­lage and turn­ing right to avoid the 2.5 km de­tour.’’

‘‘There is 320 busi­nesses on our list over that side of the road and at least 3000 work­ers.’’

Golden Con­tract­ing Ltd’s Mark Golden said the lights would make it eas­ier to ac­cess the coast and sur­round­ing ar­eas but over­all the lights don’t re­ally ef­fect their busi­ness as they do not cart on per­mit.

AT spokesman Mark Han­nan said they have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing im­prove­ments.

‘‘The in­ves­ti­ga­tion iden­ti­fied that a sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tion is the pre­ferred op­tion as it would im­prove ac­cess into the com­mer­cial ar­eas. The next step is to draft an In­dica­tive Busi­ness Case, which is needed to as­sess the eco­nomic im­pacts of the im­prove­ments. Af­ter this, pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion will be un­der­taken to en­sure the com­mu­nity has their say.’’

RE­NEE CLAY­TON

Lor­raine Samp­son shares her frus­tra­tion.

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