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Progress on crossings

South Wairarapa District Council is set to put pedestrian crossing improvements in motion at its meeting today.

The Infrastructure and Community Services Committee is recommending the installation of pedestrian lighting on all non-compliant crossings, starting with Martinborough.

Under current regulations, pedestrian crossings must be illuminated during hours of darkness, unless a particular crossing will generally not be used at night. The district currently has nine pedestrian crossings that are in breach of this rule. There are six unlit crossings in Martinborough [including four linking the Square to surrounding streets], one in Featherston, and two in Greytown.

If the council goes ahead with recommendations, the Martinborough works will be funded from the Infrastructure Reserve Fund at a cost of up to $200,000. Work will begin in the 2023-24 financial year.

Pedestrian lighting in Featherston and Greytown, meanwhile, would be included in the next Land Transport Plan 2024-2027 at a cost of up to $300,000. If an application to Waka Kotahi for subsidisation is successful, this work will begin in 2024-25. – NZLDR

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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