Thanks to the facilitation of Mayor Kerry Prendergast, some improvements have been made to Mt Victoria intersections for local pedestrians.
As part of the Mt Victoria Residents Association submission on the recent Ngauranga to Airport Corridor Plan, we pointed out that the pedestrian lights on Kent and Cambridge Terraces were not particularly user-friendly. One of the intersections we highlighted is the Cambridge/Vivian intersection (below), where local resident Amy Edward-Mintorn was killed by boy racers in 2006.
After discussion with Council officers, some changes to signal phasing have now been made, as noted in a recent e-mail from Soon Teck Kong at the WCC:
Vivian Street/Cambridge Tce/Kent Tce (State Highway)
We had a discussion with NZ Transport Agency (previously Transit New Zealand) this week.
We have made some adjustment to the pedestrian phases across Kent Tce and Cambridge Tce via the signal software system. Pedestrians initially crossing Kent Tce will have enough time to cross Cambridge Tce as well. The pedestrian phase across Kent Tce will continue to operate on all phases except when Kent Tce traffic runs.
Other pedestrian phase changes will require modifications to the signal hardware which NZTA will have to agree and approve. These are: i) automatic pedestrian demand call without having to push the pedestrian buttons and ii) linking the pedestrian demand call to cross Cambridge Tce to include a call to cross Kent Tce.
These changes are very welcome, and should help make the walk to town safer for residents. We’ll keep you informed of NZTA’s response to the proposed improvements.