Papakura Local Board Meeting Agenda June 2018: Transport Updates Including Park and Rides, And Bus Lanes

Lots of things happening

 

Tomorrow the Papakura Local Board meets for its monthly meeting. As always the Transport section of the meeting gives the most insights into what is happening in our rapidly growing area and this month is certainly no different.

Below is the Auckland Transport update to Papakura Local Board. It includes:

  • Papakura Park and Ride upgrades
  • Takanini Park and Ride
  • Great South Road bus lanes
  • Safer Communities Program

 

Papakura Local Board

27 June 2018

 

Auckland Transport June 2018 update: Papakura Local Board – File No.: CP2018/10944

Te take mō te pūrongo / Purpose of the report

  1. To update the Papakura Local Board on transport related matters in its area, including the Local Board Transport Capital Fund (LBTCF).

Whakarāpopototanga matua / Executive summary

  1. Auckland Transport has a number of projects in progress in the local area, including the Papakura Park & Ride/ Bus Interchange extension, Takanini Station upgrade, completion of the covered walkway and lighting upgrades in the Papakura Town Centre.
  2. The Papakura Local Board has $29,144 remaining in its LBTCF to be allocated by the end of the current electoral term.
  3. Auckland Transport is investigating a number of transport related issues brought to its attention by the local board. In particular, a number of sites are being investigated for  pedestrian safety improvements as part of the Safer Communities project, as are the Settlement Road and Marne Road roundabout.
  4. Other Auckland Transport activities impacting on the local board area include the following regional initiatives:
  • Electronic Gating Project – Papakura train station

Ngā tūtohunga / Recommendation/s

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)      receive the Auckland Transport June 2018 update report

 

Horopaki / Context

  1. This report addresses transport related matters in the local board area and includes information on the status of the LBTCF.
  2. Auckland Transport is responsible for all of Auckland’s transport services, excluding state highways. It reports on a monthly basis to local boards, as set out in the Local Board Engagement Plan. This monthly reporting supports the important engagement role local boards play within and on behalf of their local communities on transport matters.
  3. The LBTCF is a capital budget provided to all local boards by Auckland Council and delivered by Auckland Transport. Local boards can use this fund to deliver transport infrastructure projects that they believe are important but are not part of Auckland Transport’s work programme. Projects must also:
  • be safe
  • not impede network efficiency (note from admin: Auckland Transport still has not learned a single thing about transport and humans – it is never about the flow)
  • be in the road corridor (although projects running through parks can be considered if there is a transport outcome).

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu / Analysis and advice

Local Board Transport Capital Fund (LBTCF)

  1. The Papakura Local Board’s transport capital fund to date is summarised below

Table 1: Papakura LBTCF financial summary

Total funds available in current political term $1,465,381.00
Amount committed to date on projects approved for design and/or construction $1,436,237.00
Remaining budget $29,144.00

  1. The table below reflects the status of projects to which the LBTCF has already been committed.

Table 2: Status update on current Local Board Transport Capital Fund projects

Project Description Current status Status change over last month Funds allocated
Relocation of pedestrian crossing on East Street, Papakura Investigate relocation of the East Street pedestrian crossing to improve pedestrian safety. Concept plan completed. On hold until further funding can be secured. None Nil
New raised pedestrian crossing for Wood Street, Papakura. Investigate the need for a pedestrian crossing on Wood Street to improve pedestrian safety. Concept plan completed. On hold until further funding can be secured. None Nil
Project 12; Papakura Greenways Plan – Elliot Street to Freelance Terrace. Develop a pedestrian and cycling link from the town centre and existing boardwalk to the new Pescara Way footbridge over SH1. Currently with Council’s Community Facilities/Parks for investigation and delivery. None $1.280,000
Covered Walkway Covered walkways on Railway St West Completed spend in this term None $  156,237
      TOTAL $1,436,237.00

Responses to resolutions

  1. At its February business meeting, the Papakura Local Board passed resolution PPK/2018/27 requesting Auckland Transport to investigate and report back on the feasibility of installing pedestrian safety measures to allow pedestrians to cross the eastern side of the Settlement Road/Marne Road roundabout.
  2. In response, Auckland Transport is currently undertaking investigation and preliminary design for this roundabout and expect to report to the LB with our recommendations in August/September.
  3. Resolution PPK/2018/27 also requested Auckland Transport to develop a parking strategy for the Papakura town centre and its immediate surrounds.
  4. Auckland Transport has considered the Board’s request for a parking strategy for the Papakura Metropolitan Centre.  Several distinct drivers are noted from the information provided by the Board such as:
  • the need for additional park-and-ride spaces to service commuters from a catchment extending to the south and west of Papakura, particularly in advance of rail electrification to Pukekohe
  • the need to better understand the supply and utilisation of the current parking supply to inform future management and investment decisions, in particular the incidence of all-day parking
  • the need to confirm a rationale for the transfer of parking sites to Panuku, including 26-32 O’Shannessey Street.

  1. Auckland Transport appreciates the demand for additional park-and-ride capacity and a business case is being progressed at present.  More immediate interim measures to supplement the existing park-and-ride supply are also being investigated.
  2. Auckland Transport’s Parking Strategy provides that, with the exception of park-and-ride in strategic locations, its parking resource for centres is strategically focused on providing a short-stay parking supply to support centre activities/retail.
  3. Comprehensive Parking Management Plans (CPMP) undertaken by Auckland Transport are therefore primarily focused on identifying the supply and demand characteristics for short-stay parking in centres, and their management and investment recommendations are similarly focused on short-stay parking.  Based on the context above, Auckland Transport does not consider a CPMP as the appropriate strategic response given the Board’s concerns are primarily with long-stay parking and, in particular, park-and-ride facilities.
  4. Auckland Transport does recognise the need to better understand existing parking behaviour, including confirming how much of the demand is driven by park-and-ride commuters. Accordingly, a comprehensive parking study is scheduled for Papakura Town Centre to be carried out between November 2018 to March 2019.  Results from this study will be reported to the local board in April/May 2019.

Local Board Advocacy

  1. This section provides a regular report about how Auckland Transport (AT) is supporting the Papakura Local Board’s Advocacy Initiatives as recorded in the Papakura Local Board Plan.  The Board’s Advocacy Initiatives from the 2016-19 term are recorded in the table below.

Table 3 – Advocacy Initiative Status

Advocacy Initiative Key Initiative Status
Papakura’s cycleway and walkways provide safe, connected alternative routes to get us to where we need to go. Begin implementation of the Papakura Greenways Local Paths Plan and Cycleway Plan. Through the LBTCF, AT is currently supporting the delivery of Project 12  of the Papakura Greenway Plan.
Establish safe, clear, walk and cycle links between key facilities. AT is currently in the process of delivering the Safer Communities project, which aims to improve walking links in Papakura, in particular to the Papakura Train Station.

 

Improve, through AT, pathway safety including lighting and accessibility. AT is currently upgrading street lighting within the Papakura Town Centre

 

Public transport is safe, convenient, reliable and affordable. Advocate to AT to improve park-and-ride facilities at the Papakura and Takanini railway stations. AT is currently investigating the redevelopment of an expanded bus interchange and park-and-ride at the Papakura Train station.

 

 

Other Auckland Transport news

Electronic Gating Project – Papakura train station

  1. Auckland Transport is currently nearing the completion of region-wide programme to install electronic ticket gates at selected stations on the rail network, including Papakura Station.
  2. This work was delayed due to contractual issues, which have now been resolved. Papatoetoe Station was completed in early June, with Middlemore and Parnell to be completed in July.
  3. The electronic gating at Papakura will follow Middlemore & Parnell and is expected to be operational by October 2018 – see table 4 below:
Station Enabling works commence Install ticket gates The ticket gating to be in use:
Middlemore May June July
Parnell July July July
Papatoetoe Underway May June
Papakura August September October

Papakura Park & Ride & Bus Interchange

  1. This project is to develop a multi-storey park-and-ride in Papakura alongside an expanded bus interchange outside the Papakura train station.
  2. This project is included in the draft RLTP, with $12m allocated for the Park and Ride, and $6m identified for the bus station interchange development but unfunded at this stage.
  3. The Papakura Local Board, through its submissions to Governing Body and the AT board have advocated for this project to be prioritised to address the impact of growth in the local area as well as the station’s wider catchment area which extends into the rural areas south of Papakura.
  4. In May, this project was reported to the AT’s, Capital Review Committee, who confirmed the proposed approach to move the Papakura park & ride and bus station extension projects to a single stage business case (SSBC). This will look at issues for all access modes to the Papakura Station.
  5. Currently, AT is in the process of preparing documentation for the SSBC that will build on the preliminary investigation work already completed. A final recommendation for a preferred capital work program option, which will allow AT to seek NZTA funding for final design/ construction, is expected by end of 2018.
  6. AT will also be working with Panuku regarding integrated development options for the wider site to get the best land use outcomes and provide a source of additional funding.
  7. A workshop is programmed with the local board in July to brief them on the progress of this project.

Pararekau Road

  1. In early 2017, Pararekau Road in the Hingaia Peninsula was subject to development works by developers in the road corridor for installation of underground utilities. The work was originally delayed and impacted on a second set of work on Pararekau Road, which has been subject to traffic management issues for most of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. Damage to the road surface has also resulted along Pararekau Road which has been a concern to local residents.
  2. Work by the contractors was completed in April 2018, and as part of the completion of the project, are required to reinstate the road. This requirement has been challenged by the contractors/ developers resulting in a delay in the reinstatement of the road.
  3. AT is currently following the AT process (Corridor Access Request process) to resolve this issue and have met with the contractors/ developers, the most recent meeting in early June. As a result of that meeting, AT are expecting a response from the contractors by the 22 June which will be reported back to the local board.
  4. The road is currently being reviewed periodically over that time to monitor the condition of the road.

Bus Priority Project – Great South Road, Takanini

  1. An update on the Bus Priority Project was last provided  to the local board in a workshop in October 2017, where the local board was presented with options for the installation of a bus priority lane/T3-3 lane.
  2. The local board were supportive of the installation of the bus priority lane/ transit lanes, subject to engagement with local business owners regarding the removal of on-street parking and further work regarding peak time usage and availability for general vehicles outside peak times.
  3. At that workshop, the local board also advocated for the development of an off-road shared path to replace to removal of the on-road cycle facility.
  4. AT has previously reported to the local board, that a separate off-road shared path, sits outside the scope of this project, though their views have been considered and referred to our roads and cycling team for future consideration.
  5. Currently, the Bus Priority project is progressing and delivering several projects for bus route 33 along Great South Road. The proposal for the Takanini Section is a proposed new bus or transit lanes on both sides of the road between Manuroa Road and Una Street.
  6. AT is currently in the process of updating the scheme design and are looking to consult on this project in August / September and construct in the first half of 2019.
  7. A workshop with the local board will be held on the 12 July to brief them on the progress of this project

Takanini Park & Ride

  1. The land adjacent to Takanini Station has for the past few years, been used as an informal park and ride. This land was owned by Land Information New Zealand and through last year, was in the process of being transferred to KiwiRail.
  2. AT has been working to develop Takanini into a formal park and ride, but could not confirm lease terms until the transfer of land between the crown agencies had concluded.
  3. Earlier this year, AT was able to confirm that a lease could be established and subsequently, planning and design is underway to develop the land around the Takanini Station into a formal Park & Ride.
  4. Detail design is in progress and programmed for completion at the end of June with the expectation to go to tender in August followed by construction in early October. Works are expected to be completed before Christmas 2018.
  5. As part of the recent design work, inaccuracies in the mapping systems were identified and stormwater measures were reassessed to reduce risk of  flooding to surrounding properties. AT are working with Healthy Waters to resolve this issue.

Takanini Station Platform upgrades

  1. An upgrade to the Takanini and Te Mahia Stations began on the 30 March 2018. The works to the Takanini station include a change to the profile of the platform to improve drainage and preparation for the new foundations, new lighting and CCTV with subsequent works to install standard shelters, which will bring the station into alignment with other stations on the network.
  2. Work was scheduled for completion in July 2018 but progress has not been as initially anticipated with delays resulting in the completion date now expected in September/October 2018.

Footpath repair on Settlement Road

  1. In March 2017, a request was received, via the chair of the Papakura Local Board, to repair of the footpath outside Papakura Intermediate on Settlement Road. The works were scheduled for July 2017, but not carried out, as advised to the local board.
  2. This issue was raised in early 2018 and staff worked to remedy the situation which included consultation with school officials to determine the timing the work should take place.
  3. As agreed with the school staff, work was completed in April during the school holidays where it would have minimal impact to school operations.

Safer Communities Project

  1. Papakura is one of three initial trial locations for the Safer Communities Project. The Safer Communities Project seeks to improve road safety in communities and promote active modes of transport by improving pedestrian infrastructure
  2. The community feedback consultation was in October 2017 and has been used to develop a priority list of projects to improve the ‘walkability’ in and around the Papakura Town Centre. This included local board views via local board plans.
  3. Analysis of the community feedback was undertaken earlier this year and has included targeted engagement with the Papakura Commercial Group and Integrated Area Plan team for Manurewa, Takanini and Papakura, the Park & Ride project team and AC council parks.
  4. A workshop was held on the 13 June to present the current priorities for the project and seek local board input as to whether the priorities reflect local board views.
  5. After the next set of public consultation including a further workshop with the local board, a list of priority projects will be finalised and handed over for delivery to AT’s operational teams in November, for delivery over the next 2 years.
  6. AT is currently undertaking upgrading of street lighting in Papakura Town Centre, which is linked to the Safety Review for Papakura Town Centre commissioned by the local board.
  7. Most recently, the lighting upgrades for the street on Railway Street West and Wood Street have been completed with investigations into the lighting improvements into the walkway between Great South Road and East Street underway.
  8. Included in upcoming upgrades include the conversion of lighting along Ron Keats Drive to LED lighting as well as upgrades to Great South Road where required.

Covered Walkways – Averill Street and Railway Street West

  1. The majority of work to upgrade the existing bus station facilities and covered walkway was completed in mid-February 2018. This consisted of an extension of the street curb on Railway Street West, repair to the previously damaged sections of structure framework for the cover, redesign of the corner section of covered walkway at the intersection of Averill Street and Railway Street West and formalisation of bus layovers on Railway Street West, Opaheke, O’Shannessey Streets and Chapel Road.
  2. At the time, a corner section of glass was not replaced due to the redesigned frame requiring specifically cut glass to fit which was delayed.
  3. This work was recently completed with the replacement glass for the corner section and along Railway Street West replaced in late May.

Anti-etching film for Papakura Station shelters

  1. In early May, AT renewed all the anti-graffiti film on all glass panels at the Papakura Train Station using the latest standard AT branded graphics across the whole station.
  2. The project sought to renew damaged anti-etching film, standardise graphics throughout the station with the latest AT branded graphics and spruce up the station to improve customer amenity.
  3. Customer feedback has been generally positive regarding the recent works.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe /
Local impacts and local board views

  1. The proposed decision of receiving the report has no local impacts.

Auckland Transport consultations

  1. There were 6 consultations undertaken in the Papakura area in May 2018. They included consultations for the intersection of Station Road and Takanini School Road, McLennan Residential Development Stage 4, Hingaia/ Papaka Road, Harbourside Drive, Walters Road and Hayfield Way.
  2. A summary can be found in attachment A, attached to this report.

Traffic Control Committee resolutions

  1. Traffic Control Committee (TCC) decisions within the local board area are reported on a monthly basis.  The decisions affecting the Papakura Local Board area in April are listed below in Table 4.

Table 4: TCC decision for Papakura in May 2018

Street name Type of Report Nature of Restriction Committee Decision
Nelson Street, Great South Road, Chapel Street, South Street, Kelvin Road Permanent Traffic and Parking changes Combined Nsaat, Bus Stop, Bus Shelter, Lane Arrow Markings, Traffic Island, Edge Line, Flush Median, Stop Control Carried
Bremner Road, Creek Street Permanent Traffic and Parking changes Combined Nsaat, Stop Control, Give-Way Carried
Soaring Bird Drive, Kapia Drive Permanent Traffic and Parking changes Combined Nsaat, Give-Way Approved in Principle
Settlement Road, Crestview Rise, Unnamed Road Permanent Traffic and Parking changes Combined Nsaat, Give-Way Approved in Principle

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori / Māori impact statement

  1. The proposed decision of receiving the report has no impacts or opportunities for Māori.  Any engagement with Māori, or consideration of impacts and opportunities, will be carried out on an individual project basis

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea / Financial implications

  1. The proposed decision of receiving the report has no financial implications.

Ngā raru tūpono / Risks

  1. The proposed decision of receiving the report has no risks.  Auckland Transport has risk management strategies in place for the transport projects undertaken in the local board area.
  2. In terms of its LBTCF, the Papakura Local Board currently has $29,144 of unallocated LBTCF funding for this electoral term.
  3. Currently, there is a proposal for an increase for LBTCF through the Long Term Plan process.  This decision will be made through the Long Term Plan process and confirmed when signed off in June 2018.  Any increased funding will allow the local board to deliver additional local projects, but due to resourcing and timing constraints, decisions around its allocation should be made as soon as any additional funding has been identified.

Ngā koringa ā-muri / Next steps

  1. Auckland Transport will provide another update report to the Papakura Local Board next month.

Ngā tāpirihanga / Attachments

No. Title Page
A June Report – Summary of consultation information sent to the Papakura Local Board in May 2018 21

Ngā kaihaina / Signatories

………

Source: Auckland Council

 

The items of high interest:

Papakura Park & Ride & Bus Interchange

  1. This project is to develop a multi-storey park-and-ride in Papakura alongside an expanded bus interchange outside the Papakura train station.
  2. This project is included in the draft RLTP, with $12m allocated for the Park and Ride, and $6m identified for the bus station interchange development but unfunded at this stage.
  3. The Papakura Local Board, through its submissions to Governing Body and the AT board have advocated for this project to be prioritised to address the impact of growth in the local area as well as the station’s wider catchment area which extends into the rural areas south of Papakura.
  4. In May, this project was reported to the AT’s, Capital Review Committee, who confirmed the proposed approach to move the Papakura park & ride and bus station extension projects to a single stage business case (SSBC). This will look at issues for all access modes to the Papakura Station.
  5. Currently, AT is in the process of preparing documentation for the SSBC that will build on the preliminary investigation work already completed. A final recommendation for a preferred capital work program option, which will allow AT to seek NZTA funding for final design/ construction, is expected by end of 2018.
  6. AT will also be working with Panuku regarding integrated development options for the wider site to get the best land use outcomes and provide a source of additional funding.
  7. A workshop is programmed with the local board in July to brief them on the progress of this project.

………

 

Basically the park and ride upgrade in Papakura will advance. However, the project is being tied into the NZTA project of extending the bus station at Papakura Station as well which is waiting in its business case before NZTA stump up the cash. That said according to NZTA the paper work should be ready by the end of the year and construction starting next year. Unlike Auckland Transport (see next project below) NZTA is able to do integrated planning. That is doing two separate projects together to get the better and more beneficial outcome.

 

Bus Priority Project – Great South Road, Takanini

  1. An update on the Bus Priority Project was last provided  to the local board in a workshop in October 2017, where the local board was presented with options for the installation of a bus priority lane/T3-3 lane.
  2. The local board were supportive of the installation of the bus priority lane/ transit lanes, subject to engagement with local business owners regarding the removal of on-street parking and further work regarding peak time usage and availability for general vehicles outside peak times.
  3. At that workshop, the local board also advocated for the development of an off-road shared path to replace to removal of the on-road cycle facility.
  4. AT has previously reported to the local board, that a separate off-road shared path, sits outside the scope of this project, though their views have been considered and referred to our roads and cycling team for future consideration.
  5. Currently, the Bus Priority project is progressing and delivering several projects for bus route 33 along Great South Road. The proposal for the Takanini Section is a proposed new bus or transit lanes on both sides of the road between Manuroa Road and Una Street. 
  6. AT is currently in the process of updating the scheme design and are looking to consult on this project in August / September and construct in the first half of 2019.
  7. A workshop with the local board will be held on the 12 July to brief them on the progress of this project

……..

 

This is a case of Auckland Transport being somewhat inept in not delivering an integrated project (cycling and transit lanes) unlike NZTA is doing above with Papakura Station (bus station and park and ride extensions). That said getting bus lanes or transit lanes (a T3 as that allows the Fonterra Tankers to use the lanes keeping them free of general traffic and allow more efficient movement of both) has been a mission with Auckland Transport.

The Great South Road bus lanes were meant to be done this year but have been delayed twice. However, earlier this year Auckland Transport sent a reply saying they were not going to do them at all as there was no budget for it (the money was going to Auckland City). After months banging heads at Auckland Transport together and roping in senior Councillors (mainly the Planning Committee Chair and Deputy Chair) the bus lanes are back on the board and set to be delivered next year.

 

Takanini Park & Ride

  1. The land adjacent to Takanini Station has for the past few years, been used as an informal park and ride. This land was owned by Land Information New Zealand and through last year, was in the process of being transferred to KiwiRail.
  2. AT has been working to develop Takanini into a formal park and ride, but could not confirm lease terms until the transfer of land between the crown agencies had concluded.
  3. Earlier this year, AT was able to confirm that a lease could be established and subsequently, planning and design is underway to develop the land around the Takanini Station into a formal Park & Ride.
  4. Detail design is in progress and programmed for completion at the end of June with the expectation to go to tender in August followed by construction in early October. Works are expected to be completed before Christmas 2018.
  5. As part of the recent design work, inaccuracies in the mapping systems were identified and stormwater measures were reassessed to reduce risk of  flooding to surrounding properties. AT are working with Healthy Waters to resolve this issue.

Takanini Station Platform upgrades

  1. An upgrade to the Takanini and Te Mahia Stations began on the 30 March 2018. The works to the Takanini station include a change to the profile of the platform to improve drainage and preparation for the new foundations, new lighting and CCTV with subsequent works to install standard shelters, which will bring the station into alignment with other stations on the network.
  2. Work was scheduled for completion in July 2018 but progress has not been as initially anticipated with delays resulting in the completion date now expected in September/October 2018.

……..

 

With Kiwi Rail getting the land of LINZ it means a lease can be signed with Auckland Transport and a park and ride can be delivered for Takanini Station.

 

Safer Communities Project

  1. Papakura is one of three initial trial locations for the Safer Communities Project. The Safer Communities Project seeks to improve road safety in communities and promote active modes of transport by improving pedestrian infrastructure
  2. The community feedback consultation was in October 2017 and has been used to develop a priority list of projects to improve the ‘walkability’ in and around the Papakura Town Centre. This included local board views via local board plans.
  3. Analysis of the community feedback was undertaken earlier this year and has included targeted engagement with the Papakura Commercial Group and Integrated Area Plan team for Manurewa, Takanini and Papakura, the Park & Ride project team and AC council parks.
  4. A workshop was held on the 13 June to present the current priorities for the project and seek local board input as to whether the priorities reflect local board views.
  5. After the next set of public consultation including a further workshop with the local board, a list of priority projects will be finalised and handed over for delivery to AT’s operational teams in November, for delivery over the next 2 years.
  6. AT is currently undertaking upgrading of street lighting in Papakura Town Centre, which is linked to the Safety Review for Papakura Town Centre commissioned by the local board.
  7. Most recently, the lighting upgrades for the street on Railway Street West and Wood Street have been completed with investigations into the lighting improvements into the walkway between Great South Road and East Street underway.
  8. Included in upcoming upgrades include the conversion of lighting along Ron Keats Drive to LED lighting as well as upgrades to Great South Road where required.

…….

 

This one I have been involved in with the field work and workshop on finding areas that need improvement then prioritised for investment. As I was writing this post Auckland Transport have been in contact and will be providing an update soon. There have been delays due to resourcing from AT – something that is plaguing the entire organisation as a whole. Once the update is in and we know when the Community Consultation starts I will be posting a separate into the blog.

 

That is all the local transport news at the moment. At a sub-regional level a fight is brewing with again Auckland Transport after the organisation decided not to fund $396m worth of cycling (and walking) initiatives right through Southern Auckland. Pressure is building on the Councillors to bring in Auckland Transport to commit to funding and allow cycling (commute or recreational) to be a safer activity (thus more inclined to undertake the activity in the first place).

 

Cycle boulevards help form an 8-80 city and even City Centres like Manukau and communities like Papakura

 

 

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One thought on “Papakura Local Board Meeting Agenda June 2018: Transport Updates Including Park and Rides, And Bus Lanes

  1. Another problem around Papakura and ifs environs is the amount of truck traffic and truck parking on residential streets.Residential streets are narrow anyway and are even worse with tip and semi trucks.Other problems are where the trucks are parked on curves or in intersections. They can cause blind spots as like the one at the corner of Marne Road and Arawa Street, by the rail station. This is just an accident waiting to happen. Another problem is the heavy truck traffic allowed in town. There use to be signs diverting the heavy trucks onto Dominion and Cosgrave Roads but I have notice that they have been quietly removed. A good friend of ours was in an accident with a quarry truck at the roundabout by the Z station where her car was run over as the driver didn’t see her. The young mother, her toddler and infant we in the car and fortunately unharmed but their car was a total write off.
    Of course the roading in the area is being ripped up with all of the quarry traffic, The roads will probably be ruts by the time officidom does anything about it.

    With all the truck traffic in Papakura and the environs, Papakura is becoming the truck stop from hell!

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