Mana Esplanade still traffic jam central laments councillor

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 09:23 09/08/2012
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Kris Dando

HEAVY TRAFFIC: The already-busy Mana Esplanade is getting worse, says Porirua City councillor Bronwyn Kropp, and she wants to know why.

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"Chaotic" traffic delays along Mana Esplanade has one Porirua City councillor demanding answers over what will be done to fix the worsening problem.

Bronwyn Kropp, a Camborne resident, was late to the council's committee meeting on August 2 because she was stuck in traffic. She says her own frustrations echo those of a number of residents who have contacted her lately.

''The Saturday traffic flow is particularly bad, it's actually chaotic and I would like to know what options we have.''

She has asked for a report from the council's chief executive on whether there are plans to mitigate the issues and whether PCC can influence the situation with New Zealand Transport Agency.

Ms Kropp later told Kapi-Mana News the Paremata roundabout was badly backed up at peak times and in weekends, especially since the new traffic lights at Marina View were installed. She has seen boaties having their trailers towed from the clearway areas as well, as residents are still unsure of the times vehicles can be parked in kerbside lanes.

''I'm getting so many calls about this [and] it's got worse in the past two months. I'm no traffic engineer but until Transmission Gully is built this is going to be a major problem for our city and people visiting.''

Paremata Residents Association chairman Terry Knight says congestion often flares up due to traffic travelling north turning onto SH58 at the Paremata roundabout.

''It backs up really badly and it is worse going up to that [Paremata] roundabout in the weekends. Most residents do not want four lanes and I'm sure NZTA are fine with the way things are.''

Mr Knight did not believe the new Marina View lights were causing problems. A review of the area will be done by NZTA in three months time, addressing the effectiveness of the clearways and other traffic flow issues.

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