An upgraded crossing on Settlement Road will make it safer for schoolchildren to access Papakura’s Edmund Hillary School.
Auckland Transport has told Papakura Local Board that lights will be added to improve safety after concerns were raised about the pedestrian crossing.
Board chair Brent Catchpole says it’s great news for the families whose children attend the school, and who must cross the busy road to get there.
“We have long been concerned that Settlement Road traffic moves more quickly than it should, and with children not having a developed road sense, that there was the potential for disaster.
“The site was identified in an investigation with Auckland Transport that showed there had been a 75 per cent increase in the number of pedestrians seriously injured in the last five years. Clearly that can’t be allowed to continue.
“The changes will make it safer for all by providing a controlled-crossing.”
Auckland Transport will install a new push-button crossing with lights, tactile yellow pavers that act as a marker for the visually-impaired to safely use the crossing, skid resistant surfaces and better lighting.