Transport for Future Urban Growth plan diverts trucks
I have blogged in the past that the Transport for Future Urban Growth (TFUG) had a lot to be desired from both Auckland Transport and NZTA. It was a roads first and transit last feast with what little transit improvements available still missing the mark quite badly (like busses rather than rail to Manukau City Centre).
Auckland Transport had released document on the latest version of the TFUG from their September 2016 Board Meeting and it makes for some sage reading. You can read the entire document below:
You can download the PDF here: item-106-transport-for-future-urban-growthfinal
Particularly of concern was this:
The closure of Manuroa Road level crossing!
While grade separation of level crossings on the Southern (rail) Line is needed as the amount of passenger and freight trains increase (especially when the Third Main is built) I question Auckland Transport’s logic in closing Manuroa Road when it is a main access for trucks between the Southern Motorway and the Takanini industrial complex.
A map of the current access routes between the Southern Motorway and the Takanini industrial complex:
The solid black lines are the current access points which take the trucks over Manuroa Road level crossing especially if they (the trucks) are coming from the north. If Manuroa Road level crossing is closed rather than grade separated the dashed line becomes the new route for trucks wanting to access either the motorway or the industrial complex.
This Unitary Plan map shows what the area will be like:
The new route will bring the big H-class 55 tonne trucks down Takanini School Road, through the dangerous Manuroa/Takanini School Road intersection, past the Takanini School and down the narrow Taka Street area that has a motel that is often full (cars on the road parked). Effectively closing Manuroa Road rather than grade separating it will bring both general and freight traffic down residential roads to Taka Street in trying to access the motorway and Great South Road. I do not think that is either wise nor safe given there is a primary school in the area.
The best thing to do is for Auckland Transport and NZTA to grade separate Manuroa Road and Taka Street enabling current access as it is now. Spartan Road was always going to be closed as part of the Southern Motorway upgrades. While the Great South Road is due to get bus lanes this year to help the 33 Great South Road frequent bus (every 15 minutes minimum) those bus lanes do not need to be tangled up with trucks from Taka Street because Auckland Transport in a flight of fancy decided to close Manuroa Road.
Come on Auckland Transport let’s engage the brain and work out why it is a bad idea to bring 55 tonne trucks down Takanini School Road and Taka Street.