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Planned roundabout not enough says Kelburn mum

Oct 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

NO WAY: Lisa Locke at the dangerous point on Glasgow St.

A KELBURN mother doubts whether council traffic changes near the corner of Upland Road and Glasgow Street will make it safe enough for pedestrians.

Lisa Locke, has started an e-petition on Wellington City Council’s website to get the current roading layout changed.

The mother of two says locals are worried about the speed of vehicles turning right from Upland Road into Glasgow Street and the right turn out of Central Terrace.

“It is extremely difficult to cross as there is not much visibility, especially with children,” says Ms Locke

Council is planning a new roundabout, but she would also like to see a pedestrian crossing near the main walkway of Glasgow Street.

“There are heaps of pedestrians crossing, and because of the sharp turn it gets really dangerous,” says Ms Locke

The intersection is particularly busy during morning and evening rush hour with children and students heading out to Kelburn primary school and Victoria University.

The petition, which has so far attracted 87 signatures – 62 from Kelburn– will be presented to the Strategy and Policy Committee on October 26 .

Councilor Andy Foster says there is a plan to install a roundabout shortly which would make the right turn unnecessary

“So the nice thing about this e-petition is that we are able to say ‘we’re already onto it’. I’m not sure of the exact construction timetable,” says Mr Foster.

Council’s team leader of traffic infrastructure Stuart Bullen says there is a review that is currently being undertaken by council officers looking at safety issue of Upland Road and Glasgow Street intersection.

“Officers have identified safety issues at this intersection being the pedestrian crossing.” says Mr Bullen.

Council officers have drawn up several options aimed at improving safety for road users and reducing speed at the intersection.

“A roundabout is one option being looked into but we are in the early stages of this proposal,” says Mr Bolan.

Affected residents will be informed of any proposal council have for changing the existing roading layout at the next council committee meeting.

GOING ROUND: The corner of Updland Rd and Glasgow St where the roundabout is planned.

 

 

 

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