Intersection change sought

00:16, Dec 19 2012
Nigel Jack
Strategic Traffic Unit Constable Nigel Jack at the Lindisfarne-Tay streets intersection, which police say has not coped with the change to the give-way rule in March.

Invercargill traffic cops want to change a city intersection that has become a flashpoint for driver frustration since the changes to the give-way rule.

Constable Nigel Jack said the Lindisfarne-Tay streets intersection is not coping with the change, which came into force on March 25.

North-bound traffic at the lights at the intersection is divided into two lanes. The left-hand lane is for left turns only. The right-hand lane is for traffic crossing Tay St and for right turns.

Mr Jack said now the give-way rule has changed, a driver wanting to turn right had to give way to every car coming south or turning left through the intersection.

Previously any car turning into Tay St would have had to give way to the right-turning car.

This meant the car held up every driver behind it who wanted to go straight through the intersection.

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''If you get a car in the right hand lane who wants to turn right, it's got to give way to everybody; cars going straight through and cars turning right,'' Mr Jack said.

''People get frustrated at getting held up and [some] are changing to the left-hand lane and going straight through, which is an offence.''

The Strategic Traffic Unit want to change the road markings so that traffic in the left-hand lane can go straight through and the right-hand lane is for right turns only.

Mr Jack said there had not been crashes at the intersection yet but changing it would be a preventative measure.

The intersections of Lindisfarne and Yarrow streets and Isabella and Yarrow streets have similar issues, he said, and it would be good for the public to see police take action.

He was preparing a report for the Invercargill City Council about the issue.

City council senior traffic management officer Eddie Cook said he had not received Mr Jack's report, but it sounded like a sensible and relatively minor change.

However, because Tay St was also State Highway 1, any change to the road layout would have to go through the New Zealand Transport Authority, Mr Cook said.

NZTA Southland area manager Peter Robinson said it would be happy to work with the council to improve safety at the intersection.

The Southland Times