In­ter­sec­tion safety un­der the spot­light

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

A round­about where Roberts Line meets Napier Rd will be an op­tion dis­cussed at a forth­com­ing pub­lic meet­ing about the in­ter­sec­tion.

Palmer­ston North list MP Jono Nay­lor has called the meet­ing in Kelvin Grove on Mon­day June 27 in re­sponse to res­i­dents’ com­plaints about the busy state high­way junc­tion.

‘‘This in­ter­sec­tion is be­com­ing in­creas­ing prob­lem­atic and is a sig­nif­i­cant safety con­cern to those who use it reg­u­larly,’’ Jono says.

He wants to get res­i­dents’ per­spec­tives on the is­sue as well as work out com­mu­nity based so­lu­tions that could be pre­sented to the New Zealand Trans­port Agency. He says hav­ing the in­ter­sec­tion un­der NZTA con­trol makes it dif­fi­cult for the city coun­cil to act, and he hoped to add strength to any case put to the agency.

Re­spond­ing to a sub­mis­sion from res­i­dent David Parham who is con­cerned about the safety of pedes­tri­ans cross­ing Napier Rd, the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil re­solved dur­ing its an­nual plan de­lib­er­a­tions in May to in­ves­ti­gate the fea­si­bil­ity of a round­about with NZTA.

For the last two years a ‘‘tem­po­rary’’ 80kph speed restric­tion has been in place on the stretch of road. Jono says he un­der­stands the fears of road users at­tempt­ing to turn right out of Roberts Line or cross the state high­way to Te Matai Rd.

‘‘Get­ting across even when the speed restric­tion is 80kph, you feel like it’s some­thing you have to psych your­self up for.’’

Adding to fu­ture traf­fic vol­umes is a re­cently ap­proved sub­di­vi­sion be­tween Roberts Line and James Line, with a new road, Free­dom Drive, be­ing cre­ated off Roberts Line about 120 me­tres up hill from the state high­way. A fur­ther con­sider- ation is safe pedes­trian and cy­clist ac­cess across the high­way to the Manawatu River­side shared path­way.

Jono says a round­about seems to be the most ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion, but he wants to hear other views.

The pub­lic meet­ing is planned for the Cor­ner­stone Chris­tian School staffroom on June 27 at 7.30pm. In­quiries can be made through Jono’s city of­fice via jono nay­lor.of­fice@par­lia­ment.govt.nz.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Where Roberts Line in­ter­sects with Napier Rd. Com­mu­nity based so­lu­tions to users’ con­cerns about traf­fic safety are be­ing sought at a pub­lic meet­ing.

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