Wellington has missed out on being named in a top ten list. As it’s a list of New Zealand’s most dangerous intersections, we should be pleased. But when you expand the list to 100, it’s a different story.
Thirty-second on the high-risk list: the corner of Victoria Street and the Karo Drive bypass. This intersection is the responsibility of the NZ Transport Agency, and every city driver is aware of its inadequacies.
In the ten years between 2003 and 2012, it has had 23 crashes involving injuries. Of this total, 21 were minor, one was serious and one was fatal. The injuries involved 36 people.
The current scramble to add extra lanes at the notorious stop-start intersection doesn’t offer any reason to think that it’ll become any better.
In the greater Wellington region, Upper Hutt has the worst intersection according to the list released today by the Transport Agency.
Coming in at 15th position is the intersection of SH 2 (River Road) and Whakatiki Street in Upper Hutt. Another intersection which is the responsibility of the Transport Agency. Over ten years, it’s had 17 crashes in which 25 people were injured. No deaths.
Scroll down to 43rd position, and Wellington is on the list again. The intersection of Courtenay Place and Taranaki Street is New Zealand’s 43rd most dangerous intersection, with a record of 28 accidents involving injuries, seven of them serious and one fatal. The injuries involved thirty people.
Wellington’s last appearance is at number 86 – the intersection of Ghuznee Street and Cuba Street. Its record shows a total of 16 accidents causing injuries, three of them serious. This is one intersection which traffic has been calmed in recent years.
Auckland has the greatest number of high-risk intersections. It’s listed more than 30 times in the top 100. Another reminder of why we wouldn’t want to move north.
NZ Herald: Map of the high-risk intersections