As part of its focus on improving the wellbeing of Hamiltonians, Hamilton City Council has made safety improvements to the Anglesea St and Bryce St Intersection next to the Hamilton Transport Centre. These improvements were made to help achieve Council's Vision Zero target of ending deaths and serious injuries on our city's roads.
The new safety features include a raised platform across the intersection to lower speeds and changing the traffic signal phasing to prioritise the safety of pedestrians. Vehicles on Anglesea St can now only turn right when the green arrow appears. Once red, the arrow will no longer phase out allowing drivers to turn when there's a gap in traffic. The reason for this is to prevent vehicles and pedestrians from crossing paths.
This work was supported and co-funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency who aim to achieve significant and sustained reductions in deaths and serious injuries on state highways and local roads across New Zealand.
The full intersection was closed to traffic so that Base Civil Construction and their sub-contractors could complete the works safely and much faster than if the road was kept open.
Construction wrapped up on Friday 14 February 2020, six weeks ahead of schedule. Thanks for your patience while we completed these works.
This intersection is one of the busiest in central Hamilton with up to 35,000 vehicle movements, 5,000 pedestrian movements and approximately 1,000 bus movements every day. In the last five years there have been 23 crashes (ranging from non-injury to serious injury) at this intersection, highlighting the importance of these recent improvements.
We are also investigating options to improve safety for pedestrians who cross the road on Anglesea St from the Hamilton Transport Centre to the bus stop located across the road, and on Bryce St from KMart to the Transport Centre. The improvements will tie into a future project to improve and liven up the Hamilton Transport Centre.