Halt on Barkes Corner lights as improvements made

The traffic lights have been removed.

A traffic metering system at the Barkes Corner roundabout has been removed as New Zealand Transport Agency works on making further improvements.

The metering system was installed in early September as part of a solution to improve peak traffic flow.

It has involved the installation of traffic lights at the State Highway 29A Barkes Corner roundabout on the Pyes Pa Road and SH29A westbound approaches.

The lights, which are queue activated, are designed for roundabouts where one road is busier than the others leading into the intersection, dominating the flow into the roundabout and causing delays on the other roads.

They remain green except when high traffic queues on one leg activate them, then the traffic lights will turn red to stop the vehicles, allowing traffic from the busiest road to enter the roundabout.

“We are looking at options to remove the green light phase, and add more sets of traffic lights and signage,” says NZTA Bay of Plenty Transport System Manager, Rob Campbell.

“There is a process to go through to achieve this, and we won’t turn the traffic lights on again until we are confident the changes we make are safe and intuitive for road users.

“We can’t yet confirm exactly how long it will take to make these changes but we will keep people updated.

“With roundabout metering, standard give way rules apply when entering the roundabout, even if drivers have stopped at the red light first.”

Meanwhile ground works have also started on the roundabout metering at SH2 Elizabeth Street roundabout, says Rob.

“Traffic lights will be installed on the SH2 northbound approach to improve the traffic flow in the morning peak.

“The roundabout metering project at Elizabeth Street will incorporate the lessons learned from Barkes Corner.”

The Barkes Corner intersection was also the scene of two crashes at the end of September, which were reported within only an hour of each other.


8 Comments

meter my peak traffic flow...

Posted on 04-10-2018 10:18 | By wazzock

Leave it alone. Somewhere along the way we ended up thinking we have a god given right to get in our cars at the same time every day, drive from one side of the city to the other and never have to stop or face a delay. It’s a fantasy. We need to suffer the consequences, it’s the only way that this dumb behaviour will change, then maybe we can think of some realistic alternatives instead of constant road building and traffic engineered sticky plasters

Dumb move

Posted on 03-10-2018 19:46 | By RJP

In the first couple of days it was working there were eleven dings or near misses I even had a milk tanker drive through on a green light on me when I was already on the roundabout All you are doing is confusing the users and someone will be killed as a result The lights are a Hazard Save some face Give it up while you are still ahead and put it down to a bad experience that didn’t work The old saying KISS Keep it simple ……

It's a big worry when traffic engineer designers

Posted on 03-10-2018 18:48 | By earlybird

install traffic lights which they later have to remove because they’re proven to be dangerous. Why on earth can’t these so called "experts" design and install something that is safe and straight forward from the outset. Sorry but I have no confidence in their abilities. At 12 noon today traffic heading towards the CBD on Cameron Road was backed up past the racecourse. The "improvements" seem to be working well!!! Yeah right!!

Wasting my money

Posted on 03-10-2018 16:13 | By Slim Shady

Jobs for the boys. Lining the pockets of contractors. The obsession with roundabouts, lights and bus lanes. Just look at Greerton. A complete bottleneck, worse than before, and no safer for anybody. It’s just waste waste waste, self serving Council departments.

Its either -

Posted on 03-10-2018 13:34 | By The Caveman

a roundabout OR an intersection!! It cannot be both. And a green light at an intersection means GO. A green light at a roundabout - result GO !!

Confused

Posted on 03-10-2018 13:00 | By Told you

Why can’t this study be done with computer modeling,? in today’s world I would have thought this was the logical way to go.

Traffic lights on a roundabout

Posted on 03-10-2018 12:50 | By mlow

We have travelled through many countries in the world and never ever seen traffic lights on a round about. Queue controlled lights - yes! Take out the roundabout Bob! You cant in all seriousness have both!!

Bob

Posted on 03-10-2018 07:07 | By Slim Shady

Well it’s good of him to come clean and reveal his name. Turn the lights off on your way out Bob.

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