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Design changes to the Church and Victoria Streets intersection in Onehunga does little to improve safety and connections for pedestrians, MP for Maungakiekie Denise Lee says.

The updated plans remove three out of the four crossings originally proposed, which poses an unnecessarily high-risk to pedestrians.

“I am calling on Auckland Transport to provide absolute assurance these design changes were not done to cut costs or simplify the project.

“School students, public transport users, and members of nearby community organisations need safe crossing facilities, especially when heavy-freight trucks and commuters use Victoria Street as a shortcut every day.

“We need to see at minimum one more pedestrian crossing installed, specifically on Victoria Street to cater for east-west directional travel.

“Crash Corner is one of Auckland’s most high-risk intersections and to improve safety and connections for all road-users here is vital.

“Onehunga residents deserve a safety proposal that future proofs a high-growth community.”

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