Pedestrian railway crossing permanently closed after safety concerns

The crossing by the Wind Wand has been permanently closed.
SIMON O'CONNOR/Fairfax NZ

The crossing by the Wind Wand has been permanently closed.

 The pedestrian crossing beside the Wind Wand has been permanently closed because of safety concerns.

The crossing, which allows pedestrians to cross onto Molesworth St, was blocked off on Monday.

The pedestrian underpass at Puke Ariki Landing and at the Egmont St and Molesworth St traffic lights provided two other safe crossings close by, New Plymouth District Council Infrastructure Manager David Langford said.

The railway crossing used to lead to a pedestrian crossing on Molesworth Street, which was removed several years ago.
SIMON O'CONNOR/Fairfax NZ

The railway crossing used to lead to a pedestrian crossing on Molesworth Street, which was removed several years ago.

"The railway crossing at this site made sense when there was a controlled pedestrian crossing across Molesworth Street directly opposite, which stopped traffic to let people cross safely, but those lights were removed several years ago," he said.

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"Since then people have been faced with four lanes of busy State Highway whenever they use this railway crossing, which just isn't safe – especially when there are two safe alternative crossings so close by."

The closed-off crossing would eventually be beautified with landscaping.

 - Stuff

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