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Designs on solving transport concerns

SARAH CODDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 14/01/2014

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The streets of South Auckland are one step closer to paving the way for transport solutions nationwide.

Te Ara - Future Streets is being trialled in Mangere Central, with the aim of improving walking and cycling options in the area.

It's hoped the project will lead to better road safety and health benefits, project leader Hamish Mackie says.

During the Christmas period community mem bers were asked about their town centre issues and concerns.

Key were personal safety while walking through parks and reserves and pedestrian safety when crossing busy intersections.

Initial concepts will be discussed with invited community members at a workshop on January 23 from noon to 2pm.

Solutions could be as simple as including cycle paths, more pedestrian crossings and managing traffic speeds, Mr Mackie says.

Mangere Central was chosen because it has plenty of destinations that can be reached by foot or bike but it's not easy getting to them, he says.

"There's strong interest [in the project] from a national point of view. It's a bit of a flagship for work that could happen around Auckland and New Zealand," he says.

Bigger projects such as developing better links from one location to another could also be considered.

There have been discussions with the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board and other groups and design concepts are expected to be completed mid-February.

The project is funded by the government and will be carried out over four years.

Call Mr Mackie on 021 067 0337 for information on attending the workshop.

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- Manukau Courier

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