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  1. Trish Janes, 28. December 2009, 14:38

    Is it a good thing that NZTA applies different policies in different regions to reflect the different curvature of the earth or whatever. Or is there really a difference in the empirical results of experiments in different regions?

    While the Wellington region NZTA religiously closes passing lanes up the Kapiti coast every long weekend as an Act of Faith, the Transport Agency northern highways manager Tommy Parker told the NZ Herald on 28 December 2009 that lanes are not closed in his region:

    “Despite extra difficulties observed by Herald staff where traffic ground to a standstill in attempted mergers at the end of passing lanes, Mr Parker said the agency was not considering temporarily closing the lanes to simplify flows.

    He said that had not been done for years. The agency had discontinued the practice because it believed some drivers became confused and erratic when confronted by cones blocking the lanes.
    As well, the agency had no evidence that blocking the lanes improved flow.”

  2. mps, 4. January 2013, 18:06

    wtf? here we’re hardly moving near otaki with with 2 screaming infants , so much for improved flow? !

  3. traveller, 6. January 2013, 10:35

    The 90 minute drive from Waitarere into Wellington took more than two hours on Saturday night, thanks to the Transport Agency. It was re-sealing the road at Paekakariki, and traffic was reduced to one lane. Resulting in huge lines of stationery vehicles. Clever idea for the peak holiday season.

  4. Polly, 6. January 2013, 16:29

    Have just returned from Waikanae to Wellington. Only a slight hold up at Paekakariki, took 45 minutes. Just one problem: the heat! What a glorious sight there and back – all the Pohutakawa trees…… and families swimming in rivers and beaches….. Happy New Year