Safety con­cerns prompt new cross­ing in­stal­la­tion

The Timaru Herald - - NEWS - Al Wil­liams al.wil­[email protected]

A pedes­trian cross­ing is be­ing in­stalled in Bank St out­side the Mitre 10 Mega store amid road safety con­cerns.

Ti­maru Dis­trict Coun­cil land trans­port man­ager An­drew Dixon said the pedes­trian cross­ing would re­place a cour­tesy cross­ing out­side the store.

‘‘The safety con­cern is the un­cer­tainty of some driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans about who gives way on the cur­rent raised plat­form cour­tesy cross­ing,’’ Dixon said.

‘‘This is a safety risk and it will only take one in­stance of one as­sum­ing the other will give way to re­sult in an in­jury crash.’’

Dixon said coun­cil road en­gi­neer­ing staff and mem­bers of the pub­lic had raised con­cerns. New sig­nage in­cluded orange discs that in­di­cated an of­fi­cial pedes­trian ross­ing.

Ad­di­tional road mark­ings would be in­stalled this week.

Dixon said it would be­come a pedes­trian ze­bra cross­ing, as per the New Zealand Road Code.

‘‘The raised plat­form, called a cour­tesy cross­ing, has been func­tion­ing like a pedes­trian cross­ing but there are safety con­cerns as driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans can be con­fused. To im­prove safety, we are for­mal­is­ing the raised plat­form into a ze­bra cross­ing.’’

Dixon said the changes would com­ply with na­tional spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

‘‘At a for­mal pedes­trian cross­ing mo­torists are re­quired to give way to pedes­tri­ans.’’

The cost of the sig­nage and road mark­ing was $800, he said.

Ti­maru Dis­trict Coun­cil’s group man­ager in­fra­struc­ture, Ash­ley Harper, said the ini­tia­tive would im­prove road safety, par­tic­u­larly for pedes­tri­ans and re­move any con­fu­sion.

‘‘We have re­ceived con­cerns from users and ob­ser­va­tions show that there is of­ten con­fu­sion by driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans as to who has to give way, the for­mal ze­bra cross­ing will re­move this con­fu­sion.

‘‘‘There are no fur­ther pedes­trian ze­bra cross­ings planned at this stage. No fur­ther changes are pro­posed.’’

Harper said coun­cil staff had con­sulted Mitre10, which was sup­port­ive of the change.

‘‘Road safety is a high pri­or­ity for coun­cil and we ex­pect that this low-cost work will pro­vide im­proved road safety, par­tic­u­larly for pedes­tri­ans.’’

MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/STUFF

Lol­lipop signs have been put up as part of a new road lay­out out­side Mitre 10 Mega Ti­maru mean­ing ve­hi­cles now give way to pedes­tri­ans.

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