Kingston crossing crossed off.
July 1, 2019
A crossing to allow people to safely cross Quebec Street, Kingston, after being dropped off by buses will not go ahead.
Wellington City councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman told the Greater Brooklyn Residents Association he and councillor Sarah Free had done everything they could but were unsuccessful.
Since the bus changeover, Metlink had moved the bus stop to the other side of Quebec Street causing people to have to cross the main road to get to the shops.
Calvi-Freeman said they proposed the idea of a crossing to New Zealand Transport Agency but its formula didn’t allow for it. The formula determined how many cars would pass the road every hour.
NZTA put in crossings when up to 45,000 cars would pass in a single hour. The most Quebec Street had ever had was 7000. NZTA also said the street was too narrow so it wouldn’t consider a flush medium either.
Calvi-Freeman has a daughter who walked down that road and felt a personal interest in having the crossing.
Former Greater Wellington Regional Council member Paul Bruce said there tended to be people who “blindly walked” across and assumed cars would stop for them. “You can’t see the traffic coming down the hill. It’s really difficult crossing the road.”
He believed the main problem was buses dropping off passengers on the other side of the road. “If the bus stop was on the other side, it wouldn’t be an issue.”
Association secretary Carl Savage said the idea for a crossing had come from feedback from Kingston residents.
Although Savage wished the crossing would be approved, Metlink had indicated it would put the bus stop back in its original place. “This is a sensible tweak,” he said. “It makes it much easier for the drivers and for the pedestrians.”
He said the council had also talked about narrowing the road so cars couldn’t speed along it as easily.