Park-and-rider commuters spark change

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 13:51 10/12/2012

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No-parking lines could be painted in front of driveways on state highway one just north of Waikanae following complaints by residents and businesses that they are being swamped by park-and-ride commuters.

The town's community board decides tomorrow whether to have the lines installed after residents and businesses complained cars were parking dangerously close to entrances.

A report to the board by corporate services manager Bernie Goedhart said commuters parking their cars too close to driveways created a hazard by obstructing the view of vehicles leaving properties.

"In some cases entry into the driveways is difficult as well. Another request has been received highlighting the difficulty of turning out of Martin St onto the state highway because vehicles were parked too close to the intersection."

The problem comes with the increasing popularity of the park- and-ride facility at Waikanae's station after the extension of the Tranz Metro service to the town.

It could become even worse with the future of the KiwiRail Capital Connection in doubt - awaiting word from the New Zealand Transport Agency on whether it will receive a subsidy. If the Connection fell over then more commuters would be forced to use the Waikanae station from north of the town.

Meanwhile Mr Goedhart said the Road Code says vehicles must not park in front of, or closer than one metre to a vehicle entrance. Drivers should not park closer than six metres from an intersection, without parking spaces. Police can ticket vehicles, he said.

"Residents and businesses affected believe that these limits are insufficient to allow exiting vehicles adequate visibility of oncoming traffic."

The highway is under the jurisdiction of the agency, which has endorsed the move to install no- parking lines after a request from the board.

The agency will consult with the council and police in January regarding changes to lane markings and speed limits through Waikanae, Mr Goedhart said.

"They recognise the high level of non-compliance with the existing speed limits in that area."

Mr Goedhart said the cost of the marking is minimal.

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