Busy intersections to be made safer

Traffic lights will be put in at the Hoon Hay, Worsleys and Cashmere Rds intersection. Photo:...
Traffic lights will be put in at the Hoon Hay, Worsleys and Cashmere Rds intersection. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Traffic lights and other safety measures will be put in place at two busy Christchurch intersections.

The lights will installed at the Hoon Hay, Worsleys and Cashmere Rds intersection within the next 12 months. The city council is also looking at how pedestrian access around the Dyers Pass and Hackthorne Rds intersection next to the Masonic Lodge can be improved.

A city council spokesperson said from 2014 to 2018, there were two reported crashes within 50m of the Hoon Hay, Worsleys and Cashmere Rds intersection. One of them resulted in serious injuries and the other in minor injures·

There were six reported crashes within 50m of the Dyers Pass and Hackthorne Rds intersection over the same period, with one of them resulting in serious injuries.

The installation of traffic lights at the Hoon Hay, Worsleys and Cashmere Rds intersection will cost about $2.8 million, slightly more than the $2.5 million which the city council says was the social cost of crashes there between 2010-2014.

Hoon Hay Community Association chairman Alastair Berney said the traffic lights will improve safety for the increasing number of motorists and cyclists using the intersection.

"I think as far as the extra houses going in there, they might need the traffic lights."

Mr Berney said the lights would be beneficial - "especially for traffic turning right out of those intersections."

The city council spokesperson did not say what pedestrian safety measures are being looked at for the Dyers Pass and Hackthorne Rds intersection. However, concepts developed to reduce the crossing distances at the intersection were scrapped in 2016.

Cashmere Residents' Association secretary Leona Murahidy said ideas on how to make the Dyers Pass and Hackthorne Rds intersection safer have been suggested for about 20 years, but very little has been done.

"I'm sure everyone would be happy that it was discussed but we have discussed it for 20 years and if there's going to be some change it would be wonderful."

 

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