Safety concerns on narrow road

CONGESTED: Papanui-Innes Community Board member John Stringer says someone will eventually be seriously injured or killed on Sissons Drive. PHOTO: JOHN STRINGER

It’s only a matter of time before someone is killed on a narrow road between Northlands Shopping Centre and Papanui High School.

That’s according to Papanui-Innes Community Board member John Stringer, who has been lobbying for safety issues on Sissons Drive to be addressed for the better part of the year.

“A local fatality is a high possibility soon if we do not take action,” he said.

Mr Stringer said he witnessed a crash where a vehicle went through the fence into a building at Papanui High School.

“It could have hamburgered a mum with a pram or a cluster of Papanui students or cyclists into the metal railing fence and concrete wall,” he said.

“There is a very wide pedestrian and cycleway alongside an extremely narrow two-lane carriage way flanked by concrete slab walls which is becoming a crash corridor. In a crash, cars will bounce off into oncoming traffic or people.”

The community board has asked city council staff for an audit of the traffic congestion and safety of the road as well as along Sawyers Arms and Langdons Rds in a bid to find solutions to the safety concerns.

That report will go back to the board.

But Mr Stringer said the $18 million expansion to Northlands, the Langdons Quarter, will only add to the concerns.

“The loss of car parks could make the issues worse,” he said.