Res­i­dents win re­view of Piha’s ‘lu­di­crous’ road

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DEBRIN FOXCROFT

In a win for lo­cal res­i­dents, Auck­land Trans­port will in­ves­ti­gate op­tions for changes to the Piha Rd, Quinns Rd and Scenic Drive in­ter­sec­tion.

The sec­tion of road has been a fo­cus of com­mu­nity ef­forts for rede­vel­op­ment, with lo­cals de­scrib­ing reg­u­lar ac­ci­dents and con­fronta­tions be­tween driv­ers.

Res­i­dents said they hoped a round­about would be in­stalled to re­duce speed and in­crease safety at the in­ter­sec­tion.

How­ever, de­tails of road im­prove­ments have yet to be con­firmed.

AT me­dia re­la­tions man­ager Mark Han­nan said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was look­ing at op­tions for the road.

‘‘We’re un­der­tak­ing a proac­tive study of our net­work cur­rently, in­clud­ing this in­ter­sec­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘This in­volves re­view­ing the crash data to see whether there are any new pat­terns that war­rant any in­ter­sec­tion im­prove­ments.’’

AT would also re­view whether any low-cost changes could be made to the in­ter­sec­tion, he said.

Res­i­dent Wayne Ed­wards who has spent three years calling on AT to make changes to the in­ter­sec­tion - said he hoped AT would fol­low through with im­prove­ments.

The cur­rent de­sign of the in­ter­sec­tion was fun­da­men­tally flawed, he said.

Is­sues in­cluded the con­fus­ing lay­out, po­ten­tial for speed­ing, lack of vis­i­bil­ity and the re­fusal of many driv­ers to obey the com­pul­sory stop sign out of Piha Rd.

He has taken pho­tos of var­i­ous in­ci­dents in­clud­ing a head-on crash in­volv­ing a po­lice ve­hi­cle, buses and car­a­vans get­ting stuck, and larger ve­hi­cles us­ing the car park as a turn­ing bay.

Piha res­i­dent Mark Scott said the in­ter­sec­tion was lu­di­crous, con­fus­ing and par­tic­u­larly prob­lem­atic

‘‘As more and more over­seas vis­i­tors come to Piha, the more dan­ger­ous it be­comes.’’

Mark Scott

for vis­it­ing driv­ers.

‘‘As more and more over­seas vis­i­tors come to Piha, the more dan­ger­ous it be­comes.’’

Po­lice said they car­ried out un­planned traf­fic con­trol at the in­ter­sec­tion dur­ing the peak sum­mer pe­riod.

‘‘This was not planned be­fore­hand but po­lice staff who hap­pened to be in the area as­sisted with traf­fic at that in­ter­sec­tion due to the heavy traf­fic con­ges­tion on that par­tic­u­lar oc­ca­sion.’’

A res­i­dent pho­tographed a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a po­lice car at the Piha Rd, Quinns Rd and Swan­son Rd in­ter­sec­tion.

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