North Shore Times : February 11th 2011
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Friday, February 11, 2011 WWW.MISH.ORG.NZ PH: 477 2007 17 ANTARES PLACE, MAIRANGI BAY CHOOSE THE BEST- CHOOSE MILLENNIUM Raw deal: MP Jonathan Coleman wants an urgent review of Northcote transit lanes. Motorists are queuing on Lake Rd. Inset: Motorists queue on Lake Rd but the T3 lane, on left, sits empty. Photos: BEN WATSON Motorists ‘punished’ By LIZ WILLIS MOTORISTS are being punished with unnecessary queues in North- cote, MP Jonathan Coleman says. The Northcote MP and Cabinet minister wants an urgent review of the Lake Rd, Northcote, transit lane that opened on December 20. ‘‘Where once there were two lanes for all traffic, now there is a transit lane for cars with three or more people, to be shared with buses and taxis, and only one lane for other motorists,’’ Dr Coleman says. ‘‘The effect is massive traffic queues down Lake Rd at peak times which back up from Onewa Rd as far as the Northcote shopping cen- tre. These queues were nowhere near their current size prior to the creation of the new transit lane.’’ Northcote motorists already get a raw deal on Onewa Rd because it has the Shore’s only transit lane that requires three or more passengers on board, before you can use it, he says. ‘‘Now they are being doubly done over with the opening of the ridicu- lous new transit lane on Lake Rd, feeding into Onewa Rd.’’ Dr Coleman calls on Auckland Transport to commission an inde- pendent review of Onewa Rd’s T3 status and a review of the Lake Rd transit lane. ‘‘This Lake Rd transit lane was brought in by the old North Shore City Council. I believe it was a purely ideological move by council officers and councillors who want to punish motorists,’’ he says. ‘‘They’ve taken no account of the fact that Northcote people work all over Auckland and in many cases don’t have the option of taking pub- lic transport that delivers them to and from work in a timely manner,’’ he says. ‘‘Decisions seem to be made by bureaucrats sitting in offices with unrealistic attitudes.’’ Auckland Transport spokes- woman Sharon Hunter says it has started a review of all transit and bus lanes and is keen to have a fair, consistent approach to the lanes throughout the region. Traffic is being closely monitored in Lake Rd and Auckland Transport is keeping in contact with the local board and business association, she says. Auckland Transport is already under fire from Shore motorists over road works on Lake Rd between Takapuna and Devonport, which will disrupt traffic flows for months to come.
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