A series of safety improvements and parking changes are proposed for the stretch of State Highway 2 within Tāneatua.
In February 2020, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency proposes to introduce the improvements – designed to reduce the speed of vehicles through Tāneatua and increase safety for pedestrians.
Acting Director Regional Relationships, Ross I’Anson, says the Transport Agency heard the community’s concerns about safety within Tāneatua at a public open day in 2018.
“The overwhelming message was that people were travelling too fast through the township.
“Since then, we have been working closely alongside community stakeholders on solutions.”
The proposed safety improvements include a new flush median through the town, two new pedestrian refuge islands and pedestrian crossings, and narrowing the traffic lanes to encourage slower speeds.
To support the improvements, parking changes – including installing yellow ‘no parking lines’ in some areas and a dedicated bus bay outside Tāneatua School – are also proposed.
A public drop-in session is being held on Thursday, 5 December 2019 at Tāneatua War Memorial Hall from 2.30pm–5pm for anyone who wants to know more about what’s being proposed.
“We invite anyone who wants to know more about these plans to come talk to us at this time,” says Mr I’Anson.
The Transport Agency is now asking for feedback from stakeholders and the public about the proposals. Consultation is open from today (Monday, 18 November) until Friday, 13 December.
“Feedback will allow us to know whether there is anything we overlooked or haven’t been made aware of during the earlier community engagement.”
Feedback can be given at the public drop-in session or by emailing BOPcorrespondence@nzta.govt.nz
For more information, visit nzta.govt.nz/taneatua-improvements
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