Council votes for lights at Harewood/Gardiners/Breens

This afternoon the Council has voted to support traffic lights at the Harewood/Gardiners/Breens intersection – a decision that is likely to be popular with the local community, which submitted strongly in favour of this outcome. Staff have been asked to investigate funding options, as there is not currently enough budget in the Long Term Plan to install the lights. (Discussion around the Council table suggested that at least some Councillors were under the impression that traffic lights will be safer than the status quo, however the staff report and safety assessment both state that traffic lights are likely to result in a higher number of injury crashes, and a higher risk of fatal and serious crashes, compared to the current configuration of the intersection.)

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