17 Feb 2010

Auckland council to make Tamaki Drive safer

6:25 pm on 17 February 2010

Auckland City Council is to spend almost $500,000 to make Tamaki Drive a safer road for cyclists, cars and pedestrians.

The council is acting on suggestions from the Tamaki Drive road safety forum, formed after an accident in September last year in which a motorist drove into a pack of cyclists, injuring four people.

The 20-year-old driver appeared in Auckland District Court on Wednesday. She was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay $4000 in reparations.

The council says it will spend $330,000 on widening the lanes along congested parts of the road and completing the cycle-way.

Remaining funds will be spent on new speed indicator signs, clearways and adjusting lane markings.

The council's finance and strategy committee chairperson, Douglas Armstrong, says the improvements can be funded as a result of council savings this year.