Hataitai residents want an end to intersection chaos

Hataitai residents want an end to intersection chaos

The intersection at Waitoa Road, Hataitai Road and Moxham Avenue's road markings have confused road users, putting putting pedestrians and other road users at risk. PHOTO: Callum Roberts

Hataitai residents say they need Wellington City Council to do something about the suburb’s busiest intersection before someone gets seriously injured.

Hataitai Residents’ Association has claimed the crossroad at Moxham Avenue, Hataitai Road and Waitoa Road was confusing for road users and unsafe.

The four-way intersection was marked with give-way signs on the entrances from Moxham Avenue and Hataitai Road, with traffic on Waitoa Road having right of way. Pedestrian crossings lay across all four points of entry.

Association secretary and member Kathleen Logan said the issue of safety at the intersection had been raised by residents each time the association held an annual general meeting.

Confusing road markings meant people did not know who had right of way, she said

“Everybody’s stopping and waiting for people to go but people along Waitoa Road have right of way, so it gets confusing.”

Logan created an online survey to get local input, equipping the association with recommendations to present to Wellington City Council. Though the survey was still underway, early results from nearly 200 participants were being analysed.

She said over 60 per cent of those surveyed so far said they thought the intersection was never, or hardly ever safe for users. The results so far showed that 42 per cent of people said they wanted better signage at the intersection. Less than 2 per cent said they wanted no change to the intersection.

Logan said the easiest way to reduce the risk of having an accident at the intersection was to slow down.

“There’s a lot going on and people need to slow down and look out.”

Hataitai resident of 18 years Hamish Girvan said he had seen several near misses at the intersection in April. “It’s a death trap at the moment if you ask me.”

Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman agreed the road markings at the intersection had the potential to cause an accident.“You do see the odd near miss there.”

“If the road markings and signs give a mixed message, then you have a problem.”

Calvi-Freeman said he would take it upon himself to present the association’s findings to council officers. He agreed motorists should reduce their speed and take time to think when using the intersection.

Calvi-Freeman, who chaired the Hataitai Resident’s Association in the 1980s, said he was impressed the community was joining in the conversation.

“But we’ve got to consider the needs of motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists – and not necessarily in that order.

The full results of the association’s survey will be made available at their next meeting.

 

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