Lights to benefit commuters
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Prebbleton and Rolleston commuters are to benefit from the installation of traffic signals near the Halswell Junction and Springs Road roundabout.
The New Zealand Transport Agency has announced the installation of the lights to help reduce congestion and improve safety during the morning commuter peak at a cost of around $150,000.
It is expected the traffic signals will be in place by the end of September.
Selwyn Deputy Mayor and Prebbleton resident Malcolm Lyall said he is delighted the intersection will be improved.
“I’m pleased for our community the Transport Agency is proactively providing a solution to what has become a frustrating intersection on our local roading network.
“This change will make a real difference to commuters.”
Transport Agency journey manager Lee Wright said people travelling on Springs Road from Lincoln, Prebbleton, Rolleston and surrounding areas are experiencing significant delays at the roundabout during the morning peak, between 6am and 10am.
“Some mornings it can take more than 12 minutes for people to travel along Springs Road and enter the roundabout because of the constant flow of traffic travelling northwest along Halswell Junction Road,” Ms Wright said.
“There are often long lines of traffic on Springs Road, backed up for up to two kilometres while people wait for a safe gap to enter the roundabout.
“It is frustrating for drivers and also risky as some motorists try to enter the roundabout when it is not safe to do so.”
The traffic signal will be installed 80m before the roundabout on the Halswell side of Halswell Junction Road.
Two sensors will also be installed, one about 200 metres before the new traffic signals, and another on Springs Road about 50m before the roundabout. The traffic signal will only be used to manage traffic during the morning peak.
Ms Wright said the two sensors will ensure traffic is not stopped unnecessarily and the majority of people travelling on Halswell Junction Road will not notice any delays.
Following testing, the traffic signal is expected to be operational by the end of September.
Ms Wright said give way rules will still apply at the roundabout, even if cars have got a green light.
“The green light will give drivers’ permission to approach the roundabout, but they will still need to obey the road rules and give way to oncoming traffic once they are at the roundabout.”