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Quarry road 'not acceptable'

ANNA LOREN
Last updated 05:00 20/03/2014
Chris Ward
Anna Loren
LORRY WORRY: Chris Ward doesn’t want more heavy trucks clogging up Alfriston Rd.

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Funnelling scores of heavy trucks down an already congested road is just "not acceptable", Chris Ward says.

He has lived on Alfriston Rd in Manurewa for 21 years and he's seen it become busier and busier over that time.

And he's worried that the road will become even more snarled now it's been given a "quarry transport route" overlay in the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Both it and Stratford Rd have been designated as routes for trucks travelling between Brookby Quarry and the motorway interchange at Takanini.

But Auckland Council figures show it's already near capacity, Mr Ward says.

A traffic impact assessment prepared for the council by planning firm Osborne Hay last year set the maximum limit for a road of Alfriston's width as 1350 vehicles an hour.

Auckland Transport figures show there are already 1334 vehicles on the road in the morning peak hour.

Mr Ward says the trucks could also endanger the safety of cyclists. .

They could also damage houses along the road which are not built to withstand heavy tremors.

"There are manhole covers in the lanes . . . trucks hit those and it gives our house a big shake. "Our villa was built in about 1911 so it has plenty of give in it but I don't know what it would do to the 1960s brick and tile places or how well their foundations would stand up to the additional pounding."

Other submissions to the unitary plan oppose using Alfriston Rd as a quarry transport route as trucks would then have to go through Manurewa Town Centre to reach the motorway.

That would turn the centre into a "thoroughfare" rather than a community, one reads.

Another protests the requirement for residents living alongside quarry transport routes to screen or insulate their homes.

Under the proposed plan, homeowners have to limit atmospheric noise in most rooms to 40 decibels - about the same volume as a running stream or humming refrigerator.

Mr Ward says roads that are yet to be developed, such as nearby Popes Rd, should be designated quarry transport routes instead.

That way any new houses can be built further back from the road and with the required screening and insulation.

"People can say, ‘Well, you just don't want it in your backyard' but how is the council going to get that noise mitigation into the older buildings when it's the people who are going to have to pay for it?"

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