Four serious crashes within six days at the same Onehunga intersection confirm the immediate need for road safety improvement, MP for Maungakiekie Denise Lee says.
“The frequency and seriousness of these crashes show how dangerous our roads have become in Onehunga. The intersection of Church Street and Victoria Street is one of Auckland’s top high-risk intersections and is notoriously known as ‘Crash Corner’ by local residents,” Ms Lee says.
“Last year, I petitioned Auckland Transport to commit funding and urgently improve the safety of this intersection. My petition received significant support and there was a strong desire for more to be done to protect our road users and pedestrians at this site.
“Auckland Transport agreed to install a raised roundabout, but this work will not commence until July 2020. Four crashes in six days, one with a car flipped on its side, proves that we cannot afford to wait any longer. My community’s safety and lives are at risk.
“I have sent an open letter to the CEO of Auckland Transport requesting the organisation to fast-track their roading improvements and deliver immediate results. I will also be organising a street-corner meeting with local residents in the coming weeks to send a clear message that we want action now.
“Additionally, the Government’s inaction on major projects such as the East-West Link is causing further havoc. Heavy-freight trucks and cars are using local suburban roads as thoroughfares, which is not only increasing congestion, but forcing commuters to sit in dangerous traffic. We are seeing the impact of this at the Church and Victoria Street intersection.
“Our community is fed up and are tired of waiting. How bad does it have to get before action is taken? To show your support, visit deniselee.co.nz and sign my petition today.”