OPINION: Harewood intersection not local priority

TRAFFIC: Papanui-Innes Community Board member John Stringer with $100.

Businessman and Papanui-Innes Community Board member John Stringer writes about a pair of busy Harewood intersections

City councillor Aaron Keown’s Harewood, Gardiners and Breens Rds intersection “issue” is simply not a local priority.

I live a few blocks from the intersection and have good-humouredly “claimed’’ Cr Keown’s $100 wager that his intersection of Harewood, Gardiners and Breens Rd is the busiest intersection in Christchurch.

It clearly isn’t and I live near Aaron’s intersection on Harewood Rd.

But its good he’s advocating for the locals and a simple traffic island would solve his problem as it has on the much busier Harewood and Russley Rds intersection.

Just 1km from Cr Keown’s tame four-lane Harewood, Gardiners and Breens Rd intersection is the Harewood and Russley Rd intersection, which has 18 lanes entering and egressing a two-lane road. And Russley and Harewood Rd has no lights.

It’s much more busy and would have 20 times more traffic than Harewood, Gardiners and Breens Rd.

My intersection has a shopping strip, a school, a Playcentre and a church within 100m and the airport on the other side.

And the only way for pedestrians or cyclists to cross my intersection is by literally going underground (through a tunnel).

That beats Aaron hands-down.

But I won’t be claiming his $100; instead I’ll be sending him a Monopoly $100 note or if he’d like to donate $50 of his $100 wager to a Papanui charity of my choosing I’ll give $50 to a Harewood charity of his choosing.