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Council moves on Courtenay traffic snarl

Mar 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News

courtneyxmainCOURTENAY Place’s uncontrolled pedestrian crossings may be equipped with traffic lights to ease the traffic holdups in Wellington’s “golden mile”.

Wellington City Council sees the move as a way to resolve the problem of uncontrolled pedestrian access to the three crossings holding up buses and cars.

There is a clash between traffic and pedestrians at the crossings on Courtenay Place, says council spokesperson Richard Maclean.

“We want to encourage people to use public transport, but at the moment it is faster to walk through Courtenay Place than take a bus,” he says. “It is quite a problem.” 

He says rush hour is a real problem for buses going through.

“The current system is not working the way it should and people misinterpret how to use the crossings, which holds up traffic.”

The proposal – similar to one that resolved long delays caused by an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing near the bottom of The Terrace a couple of years ago – has drawn support from motorists regularly held up on Courtenay Place, but also some criticism from people who believe pedestrians should rule.

Scoop Wellington writer Lindsay Shelton, for instance, says new lights will force the council to spend more money when it wants to save.

“It won’t achieve anything for pedestrians, who should be the most important ingredient in the mix,” she says.

The council has had public feedback on the plan and will decide in May whether to go ahead .

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