Got a solution to Lytton West Shopping Centre traffic issues?

Tairawhiti Roads wants to hear from you

Tairawhiti Roads wants to hear from you

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MOTORISTS, residents and shoppers have been encouraged to come forward with ideas to address safety concerns around the Lytton West Shopping Centre. Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said Gisborne District Council would welcome views on possible traffic solutions for parking and navigating the busy intersection between Potae Avenue and Lytton Road.

Mr Hadfield said while immediate safety issues were tackled by installing two parking layby areas to increase sight visibility for vehicles exiting the intersection at the cost of $165,000, it had not fixed the issue of people reversing into the live lane.

“A plan to reshape the parking areas by the shops was presented to the shop owners about four years ago. It included reconfiguring the existing carpark area by making a one-way system and installing a concrete median strip to stop cars reversing into the road.

“Shop owners were not convinced of the benefits and the project stalled. There have been calls to install a roundabout but the Lytton West parking issue has to be resolved first to ensure free-flowing traffic along Lytton Road continues.

“Over the past 20 years, the Lytton West subdivision has been Gisborne’s major residential growth area and with new houses comes increased road traffic,” said Mr Hadfield. “All traffic that enters and exits this subdivision has to navigate through the Potae Ave-Lytton Road intersection. Everyone knows that when the shopping centre is busy, passing through this section of road can be tricky.

“We’d like to start gathering feedback from the community about what they would like to see happen and follow it up with a targeted education campaign in the early new year.”

Any plan for this area would need to be budgeted and approved through the 2018 to 2028 long-term plan process.

MOTORISTS, residents and shoppers have been encouraged to come forward with ideas to address safety concerns around the Lytton West Shopping Centre. Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield said Gisborne District Council would welcome views on possible traffic solutions for parking and navigating the busy intersection between Potae Avenue and Lytton Road.

Mr Hadfield said while immediate safety issues were tackled by installing two parking layby areas to increase sight visibility for vehicles exiting the intersection at the cost of $165,000, it had not fixed the issue of people reversing into the live lane.

“A plan to reshape the parking areas by the shops was presented to the shop owners about four years ago. It included reconfiguring the existing carpark area by making a one-way system and installing a concrete median strip to stop cars reversing into the road.

“Shop owners were not convinced of the benefits and the project stalled. There have been calls to install a roundabout but the Lytton West parking issue has to be resolved first to ensure free-flowing traffic along Lytton Road continues.

“Over the past 20 years, the Lytton West subdivision has been Gisborne’s major residential growth area and with new houses comes increased road traffic,” said Mr Hadfield. “All traffic that enters and exits this subdivision has to navigate through the Potae Ave-Lytton Road intersection. Everyone knows that when the shopping centre is busy, passing through this section of road can be tricky.

“We’d like to start gathering feedback from the community about what they would like to see happen and follow it up with a targeted education campaign in the early new year.”

Any plan for this area would need to be budgeted and approved through the 2018 to 2028 long-term plan process.

People can provide feedback at the council’s website for engagement on the Long Term Plan www.wtftairawhiti.nz/roads

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P.J. Corrin - 1 month ago
To make any long-lasting and safe changes to shoppers parking at Lytton West, a radical approach should be considered. Block off the exit road from Potae Avenue into Lytton Road. Relocate Potae Avenue through the park into Ruru Avenue and so out on to Ormond Road. Open Potae Avenue through Sunrise School into Nelson Road. Eventually replace the Campion bridge to allow traffic as well as pedestrians to use it.