Public Feedback Wanted on Proposed Road Safety Improvements

Plans have been released for a road safety project along a key arterial route in New Plymouth.

The upgrades are designed to improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on Devon Street West between Belt Road and Belair Avenue, as part of NPDC’s Let’s Go programme with funding from the NZ Transport Agency.

“It’s a state highway with a high volume of traffic and pedestrians, and our goal is to make better use of the space to make it easier and safer for people using it,” says Infrastructure Manager David Langford.

“We have the plans online and we’ve delivered information to residents along this section of road because we want to get public feedback on the proposals.”

Devon Street West has some challenges as both the road and footpaths are narrow, says Mr Langford.

“The six schools that are on or near this length of road say that safety improvements would result in more students walking and cycling along it, whereas right now the road is seen as more of a barrier to safe active travel.”

The proposed plans would provide enough road width for continuous cycle lanes on both sides, bus bays and inset parking areas. Where possible, the footpaths would be widened.

There would also be a right-turning bay into Calvert Road, and the Belt Road pedestrian crossing would be moved further away from the intersection.

The two-stage project, which would be funded by NZTA, follows the successful upgrading of South Road in 2015 to increase users’ safety.

Please have your say by 5pm on Friday 15 September by going