Traffic lights – yay or nay



The Franklin district has been fortunate to have leaders who have pushed back on those who have advocated for traffic lights.
The last time this was proposed on paper was six years ago by planners and engineers, the first lights to be installed on Manukau Road on the entrance to the Warehouse parking lot it was also proposed to have a median barrier on Manukau Road.
The concept was vigourisly opposed by the Pukekohe Ratepayers and the leading businesses of Manukau Road, commonsense prevailed and agreement was reached with the council not to proceed with that plan.
However agreement was reached with all parties including the council and the council started plans , and purchased land to facilitate the construction of a roundabout on the intersection of Subway ,Glasgow and Manukau Roads, — any projects started by a council before the Super City where to be completed.
Overseas Cities and Towns larger than Pukekohe are now reviewing the benefits of roundabout versus traffic lights, those who have travelled overseas to towns over time have seen a trend of construction of roundabouts to replace traffic lights. Two very compelling reasons for this occurring :
One: Less accidents at roundabouts.
Two: more traffic gets through a roundabout per hour.
So our Local Board will have a choice, will it be a local decision, or will it an outside proposition with no feeling for what is required and what is the best for the community and its future? The Pukekohe Ratepayers say Yes to Roundabouts
Ian McDougall,
Chairman Pukekohe Ratepayers Assn

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