Traffic Light Phasing

Reported in the Traffic lights category anonymously at 07:39, Mon 23 February 2015

Sent to Auckland Transport 1 min later.

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Midway through the Ameti project the traffic light phasing at the intersection of Ellerslie Panmure Highway (EP) and Mt Wellington (MTW) Highway has been changed in favour of west bound traffic coming from Panmure. Cars waiting to turn from EP to MTW now wait three or more phases - this is more noticeable at low traffic times. E.g. Approx 0630hrs; Light is green for west bound and east bound when I arrive EP to turn right into MTW, I have a red arrow. Cars are already waiting on the MTW side to turn right towards Panmure. Lights then phase Red for East/West to allow the MTW cars right turns through in the east direction towards Panmure. Despite me having sat at the red arrow for more than thirty seconds the next phase returns to East/West flow and still with a Red arrow. I count over another thirty seconds of East/West flow for about 10-12 cars before I finally get a green arrow. By now there are 7-8 cars waiting to turn EP to MTW. I have seen this green arrow turn orange when I am the first car to turn i.e. a less than 5 second phase! It is not long enough for 8 cars! Many waiting either go through a red/orange or end up waiting through another THREE phases before 7am when traffic is light. Prior to the AMETI project. The traffic lights for right EP-MTW turn, used to go green arrow with the east bound through traffic from EP towards Panmure. It would phase after the MTW right into EP, BUT BEFORE the west bound through traffic on EP. It worked well. There is a CCTV camera on the traffic lights and long lines of turning traffic can build up, yet the green arrow is never long enough. If the phasing cannot be returned to the prior settings, could we at least get a longer green arrow after 0600hrs to allow all the waiting traffic to turn right from EP to MTW please - 5 seconds is just NOT LONG ENOUGH on a major intersection right hand turn over two (there is space for three) lanes.

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