Taxi, courier drivers notice more Dunedin traffic

Dunedin streets are busier this year says taxi driver Dean Winton. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Dunedin streets are busier this year says taxi driver Dean Winton. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Two groups of motorists who might be more aware of any increase in congestion on Dunedin roads are taxi drivers and couriers.

Dunedin Taxis driver Dean Winton said he thought the city’s roads were busier than at anytime in the past 30 years.

"It’s probably been really noticeable since the start of this year and the end of last year, travelling anywhere from around 4.30pm to 5.30pm it can get pretty bad."

Mr Winton did not usually work earlier in the day, but had been told by other taxi drivers it was bad in the morning, too.

Dunedin Couriers Company office manager Murray Muir also said there had been a noticeable traffic increase in the city centre and in the north Dunedin area.

"Most definitely we’ve noticed an increase and you see it around school areas and even coming in to work along Portsmouth Dr is a real hassle now."

Mr Muir said the company had noticed it was becoming harder to keep to its planned delivery times.

"We run on 15-minute, 30-minute and 90-minute cycle for deliveries and we are noticing we having push those out more and more, just because of the traffic."

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