Improvements are underway for a notorious Papakura crash black spot.
More than 30 serious accidents have occurred at the intersection of Cosgrave Road and Old Wairoa Road between 2016 and 2020.
“The situation hasn’t improved since then,” Papakura local council chairman Brent Catchpole said. “We witness a serious accident every two months.”
“Auckland Transport has found that most incidents are caused by drivers not yielding the right of way, and it recommends installing a raised signalized intersection.”
This would solve current safety and operational issues, provide better pedestrian crossing options and significantly improve conditions for cyclists, AT says.
Catchpole says there is a lot of work to do first, including community consultation, before detailed design work taking this feedback into account can be undertaken.
“Until that’s done, we can’t say how much the job will cost, but rough estimates are around $1.2 million, although that’s in line with current supply chain issues. and material and labor costs.
“But construction is scheduled for the 2022/2023 financial year.”
And the council has asked Auckland Transport to lobby the government to continue offering subsidized half-price fares for a further six months.
“Transportation costs are highest for those furthest from the city, and anything that helps ease family budgets at a time when we are going through a cost of living crisis should be encouraged,” says Catchpole.
“While this is obviously good from a travel cost standpoint, encouraging people to take trains and buses takes vehicles off the road, helps reduce traffic congestion and helps the environment through reducing carbon emissions.
“We have seen the evidence. Lower fares have increased attendance and we must do everything we can to ensure that this trend continues.
Fares were halved for three months starting April 1 on the AT network, a move estimated to save passengers $10 million over three months.