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DROP IN SESSION - SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS: SALTWATER CREEK TO CAM RIVER ROAD - INCLUDING WOODEND

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – THIS WILL AFFECT YOU IN THE FUTURE


Waka Kotahi (NZTA) is holding a drop-in session at the Woodend Community Centre this Thursday 16 February, 3.30pm -6.00pm regarding their proposed safety modifications. (part of the Saltwater Creek to Cam River, including Woodened, road safety improvements). If you are unable to attend the drop-in session email your feedback to: safetynorthcanterbury@nzta.govt.nz


The PRGI Committee have concerns with some the suggested changes at the Pegasus/Ravenswood/SH1 roundabout. This session is an important opportunity for our community to engage and provide feedback on their concerns. We strongly recommend you attend the session (see details below).


Pegasus/Ravenswood/SH1 roundabout – details on proposed changes:


  • NZTA have advised that the SINGLE LANE (in/out of roundabout) does not just apply to SH1 and that there will only be ONE LANE out of Pegasus. This means there will only be ONE LANE for vehicles turning left, going straight through, and turning right. The same applies to traffic coming out of Ravenswood


  • Changes to the roundabout include a reduction to one through lane, raised safety platforms and a safer crossing point on the northern side (Waikuku end) for people walking, cycling and scooting


  • A proposed speed limit of 60km/h was consulted on through the Interim Speed Management Plan in Nov/Dec 2022


OUR CONCERNS

Pegasus/Ravenswood/SH1 roundabout

The Waimakariri District is one of the fastest districts in New Zealand. Specifically in our area there are new and expanding subdivisions and commercial developments which will bring more people and traffic. This means the roundabout will become even busier than it is now.


In our opinion the one lane reduction could cause safety issues and considerable traffic build-up at the roundabout at commuting times. We also have safety concerns with the potential for more accidents as delays may lead to impatience and risks taken.



Raised safety platforms

Is having the raised safety platform in that particular location of State Highway 1 Northern side (Waikuku end) of the roundabout the most appropriate and safest location? We would prefer to see a pedestrian footbridge that goes over SH1 for safer crossing.


You can find out more about raised safety platforms in the link below which has a video of them in use in conjunction with traffic lights (in our situation there would be NO LIGHTS and our roundabout instead). https://www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/partners/road-to-zero-resources/safe-system-case-studies/new-zealands-first-raised-safety-platforms/.



DROP IN SESSION DETAILS:

Thursday 16 February, 3.30pm -6.00pm

Location: Woodend Community Centre, School Road (opposite the school/bowling club) - map here.



READ MORE:

More information here on the drop-in session and wider project: https://nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh1-north-canterbury-corridor/


GET IN TOUCH

If you have questions you can email the project team at safetynorthcanterbury@nzta.govt.nz.




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