Southbrook Road Safety Improvements

The Council has been considering traffic safety issues on Southbrook Road – Rangiora’s busiest road.

Every day 26,000 vehicles move up and down Southbrook Road and share this traffic space with residents, schools, and businesses.

Council is proposing to install traffic lights at the intersection of Southbrook Road and Torlesse/Coronation Streets to improve safety for all users and have recently secured Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) funding support for this project.20211103 - Southbrook Lights

Mayor Dan Gordon says, “The community have told us they are frustrated by congestion, and concerned about the safety of people using this road - especially children who walk, cycle and cross the road to get to school. This will address safety issues in the short term, while we look at longer term fixes for traffic flow around Rangiora.”

A working party has been set up to develop a long term strategy for improving traffic flow, traffic safety, pedestrian safety, access to business and residents, public transport, and cycling facilities on or around Southbrook and also includes a potential eastern link road. The working party members include Mayor Dan Gordon, Councillor Paul Williams, and Chair of the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board Jim Gerard along with council staff.

Traffic lights at Southbrook Road and Torlesse/Coronation Streets will replace the current kea crossing and create a safe place for children to cross the road as well as providing a way for resident traffic to safely enter and exit Southbrook Road.

The plan is to coordinate and sequence this intersection with the lights at South Belt and Pak‘n Save to ensure traffic flow continues smoothly

We’re also looking to incorporate changes to Denchs Road and Marshall Street. This would involve making sections one-way to reduce congestion and improve safety.

Residents in Buckleys Road have also approached the Council with their concerns about ‘rat-running’, speed and other issues in the street. Staff are mindful that the traffic lights may change the traffic flow on this road and will be discussing methods to mitigate the impact with residents.

The Council will be consulting more with affected residents and businesses in November and keeping them informed of progress.

We anticipate that the traffic signals and other changes to the road layout will be designed this year with installation by late-2022. You can find out more about this work at this FAQs page.

Contact: Don Young

Phone: 0800 965 468

Email: don.young@wmk.govt.nz