Roadworks unsafe for all road users

Reported in the Other category anonymously at 02:15, Fri 17 April 2015

Sent to Christchurch City Council 13 sec later.

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Storm water repairs have closed one of the two lanes on Manchester St approaching the Bealey Ave intersection from the north. A truck removing trench supports from the worksite was parked blocking the second lane, forcing vehicles heading south to cross the double yellow lines into the northbound lane to get to the intersection. There was no additional temporary traffic management at the worksite, such as manual traffic controllers, leaving drivers to decide if & when it was safe to pass the truck, without knowing whether cars or trucks would come round the corner from Bealey Ave straight at them. I spoke to the truck driver/operator (as he was unhappy about having the site photographed) about the lack of traffic management, and especially the lack of manual traffic controllers, and his response was “I don’t see what the big fuss is about”. He followed this up with “You think we should stop everything in Christchurch until we have the temporary traffic management in place?”. This is a SCIRT worksite, so this attitude to safety is deeply worrying, as it may well be reflected at the hundreds of other SCIRT worksites across the city. Whilst it is very common to see a lack of consideration for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians at SCIRT worksites, making worksites dangerous for all road users is a new low.

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