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Raumati Rd school traffic chaos finally getting attention

Sep 14th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Lead Story, News

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Parents clamor to pick kids up during afternoon rush at Raumati Beach School

The twice-daily traffic jam outside Raumati Beach School might be getting sorted out after years of public frustration – hopefully this summer.

Principal Mike Farrelly says the plan will ease congestion and make the area safer for students.

Mr Farrelly says the construction was a large job that had been discussed several times over the eight years since he took up his position at the school, but he was positive about something happening.

Mr Farrelly has been working with the Kapiti Coast District Council.

“This has been a project six years in the making. I went to numerous meetings and community presentations about what they were going to do. I’ve seen about three or four plans but nothing seemed to happen. I think this is different.”

The plan is to replace parking, move the safety crossing and close off the Weka Road triangle.

Mr Farrelly says angled parking spaces adjacent the school will be replaced with parallel parking, yellow lines will be reinforced and parents will be encouraged to use a new one-way road to drop off children.

He said the one-way road has nearly finished construction and runs through Raumati Beach School and Kapiti College.

It features drop-off spots and parking spaces.

Mr Farrelly says a roundabout on the Hillcrest-Raumati Road intersection will help ease congestion for those using the one-way road.

Congestion has increased in the area over the last few months due to the construction of Kapiti College’s performing arts centre.

The centre required the demolition of the student parking for Kapiti College and they are parking on Hillcrest and Margaret Roads.

When the performing arts centre has been completed, those students will have a place to park.

Mr Farrelly said the safety crossing will be moved further down the road allowing kindergarten and college students a safer way to cross.

The Weka Road triangle will be closed off on the side closer to the shops and a dedicated cycleway and walkway will be installed, which will eventually link up with the Kapiti Expressway under construction.

The road and parking is a source of public frustration and has been since before Mr Farrelly started at Raumati Beach School.

“It’s going to be massive,” Mr Farrelly says.

“There’s going to be quite a bit of disruption while that goes on for everybody but it’s short term pain, long term gain.”

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