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Thursday June 2, 2016

Overbridge sought for busy road

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Residents of the eastern suburbs are calling for an overbridge across a dangerous road in a bid to eliminate safety concerns. Earlier this year, the Wellington City Council announced it would allocate $6 million towards developing a safe cycle network in the eastern suburbs as part of investing $34.7 million in cycling in the capital over the next three years. A number of possible cycling corridors have already been identified by residents at a series of public drop in sessions. During these drop in sessions, residents also expressed interest in building an overbridge to grant safe passage over Cobham Dr to the ASB Sports Centre off Kemp St in Kilbirnie. Deputy Mayor and mayoral candidate in this year’s elections, Justin Lester, said as part of his campaign he has called 2000 houses across the eastern suburbs. “People are very supportive of getting a pedestrian and cycleway bridge over Cobham Drive, to the ASB Centre and schools,” he said. Labour candidate for the eastern ward in this year’s local government elections, Lynda McGregor, said a lot of parents across the capital’s eastern suburbs won’t allow their children to walk or cycle to school. She said a cycling and pedestrian

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overbridge would eliminate safety concerns. “Everybody wants safe cycling especially for children… if we can concentrate on these [traffic] hotspots we can get safety for kids going to school and families cycling recreationally.” Councillor Paul Eagle said he attended public drop in sessions and it was clear an overbridge would make is

safer and faster for children to get to school. “We don’t want another Island Bay situation. What we have here is a genuine engagement with people and we will get a genuine result out of it – it’s a common sense, pragmatic approach.” In particular an overbridge would make it much easier for children to walk or cycle to nearby Evans Bay Inter-

mediate School. The school’s pr incipal Louise Bray-Burns said she supported the idea of an overbridge. “It would be hugely beneficial for the children because Cobham Dr is so busy and it would be so much safer.”  Would you like to see an overbridge across Cobham Dr? Send us an email – news@wsn.co.nz

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Students from St Patrick’s College in Kilbirnie were evacuated last Wednesday following a bomb threat. Police said they were made aware of “an email of concern” sent to the college last Wednesday morning. As a precaution, the school

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then decided to send students home for the day, while police investigated and worked with the school’s management team in relation to the incident. Following the bomb threat, police advised school staff it was safe for the school to reopen and classes resumed on

Thursday morning. Neighbouring school Evans Bay Intermediate School also took precautions following the bomb threat. Students from the intermediate school were moved to nearby Rongotai College, principal Louise Bray-Burns said.

“We decided to get everyone out. We rang Rongotai College and went down there and went into their hall. “The last thing we would want is for anything to happen to children and staff. You never know whether it is a hoax or not.”

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