TOO MANY TRAFFIC LIGHTS
Regarding No lights and broken permits, Rodney Times July 6.
Whilst I sympathise with the Silverdale Business Association and the total lack of response to requests for traffic lights at Silverdale Street and Tavern Road, NZTA would seem to be proving their case in not obliging the request by what they are putting in from the motorway up to Silverdale street. Those traffic signals work against each other to totally clog up peak traffic with gridlock every weekday morning and evening. There are now four sets of them between Silverdale township and the motorway what a nightmare. What is worse there’s no electronic coordination between them. Plus the set that works by the bus terminus randomly stops all traffic east/ west bound for no reason whatsoever. And why is there a set going to Jack Hawken Lane when there’s nothing there?
NZTA created a dog’s breakfast motorway junction in the first place. To have a traffic light on the roundabout for Dairy Flat and Northbound Motorway Traffic means that traffic flow projection maths either was never done or has failed. If ONLY they had the wisdom to put a proper clover-leaf junction in when it was first built. City traffic going to Whangaparaoa would have an easy entry left onto Hibiscus
Coast Road, and Northbound Motorway traffic from Silverdale would have have an easy left turn on the Eastern side of the over bridge. When will we EVER get some real town planners who have a true vision for an integrated human friendly environment, even from right back at the infrastructure stage of designing motorway junction and, heaven forbid, with integrated public transport stations. All we get now is trained mitigators who adjudicate between the competing financial forces of road builders, land developers and builders.
All the ‘pie in the sky’ plans for the Silverdale (now Millwater) residential development when it was first mooted, went out the window. Gone are the five and 10 acre blocks that were portrayed as being in the middle of the area and in their place we have cheek by jowl terraces. It’ll soon be the ‘Coronation Street’ of the South Pacific, when it starts to get run down, not fashionable and they get rented out instead of owner occupied!
It’s already started at Gulf Harbour…so watch out.