Roundabout, not closures

LETTER

I truly believed last Saturday’s front-page story re closures of Hinaki and Wildish Streets and Craig Road was an April Fool’s joke, but as no one from NZTA or Gisborne District Council has fessed up or responded to the letters against such a move, I take it the proposal will proceed.

The NZTA spokeswoman said public feedback to the idea had been “very positive”. Yeah right! Who was asked for feedback? Certainly not the Iranui Road and Harris Street residents who will be directly affected by the closures.

Vehicles are often backed up Harris Street at the Rutene Road crossroad. Bus stops, people crossing and parked cars in Rutene Rd add to the danger of this busy main artery into the city and bypass on to Ormond Road. Few bicycles are in evidence on Rutene Rd.

Common sense is needed to halt this crazy plan. It cannot be serious. Is anyone in authority truly thinking this through?

A roundabout trial is the obvious answer to this crossroad, not road closures.

Residents request a response please.

Iranui Rd Resident

I truly believed last Saturday’s front-page story re closures of Hinaki and Wildish Streets and Craig Road was an April Fool’s joke, but as no one from NZTA or Gisborne District Council has fessed up or responded to the letters against such a move, I take it the proposal will proceed.

The NZTA spokeswoman said public feedback to the idea had been “very positive”. Yeah right! Who was asked for feedback? Certainly not the Iranui Road and Harris Street residents who will be directly affected by the closures.

Vehicles are often backed up Harris Street at the Rutene Road crossroad. Bus stops, people crossing and parked cars in Rutene Rd add to the danger of this busy main artery into the city and bypass on to Ormond Road. Few bicycles are in evidence on Rutene Rd.

Common sense is needed to halt this crazy plan. It cannot be serious. Is anyone in authority truly thinking this through?

A roundabout trial is the obvious answer to this crossroad, not road closures.

Residents request a response please.

Iranui Rd Resident

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G R Webb - 9 days ago
So there is a two directional cycle path on the north eastern side of Iranui Road. More traffic coming down towards Harris Street because all the traffic that would have exited Hinaki on to Rutene now comes via Iranui to Harris to Rutene. Well thought through. Not! But at the Kaiti beginning of the cycle path there are similar issues. Cyclists have to navigate from the existing cycle path on the seaward side on Wainui Road and across that busy highway. Once on to Rutene Road there is a potentially hazardous crossing at Tyndall Road before the de Lautour Road roundabout. Then there is the new entrance exits to the kindergarten to contend with. Happy to give it a chance but it's a particularly hazardous route.