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Construction has begun on three of the planned 21 raised pedestrian crossings as part of the Wairarapa safety improvements programme.

The design for the new raised platform crossings will be much safer for people walking and cycling, as well as driving. This is because they are brighter, bigger and bolder making them more visible. They include a significantly wider platform allowing more room for people crossing in both directions, as well as for people with restricted or assisted mobility. The entrance to each crossing will be level with the footpath and use an anti-slip surfacing.

For drivers, the pedestrian crossing design includes improved vehicle ramps that are longer and gentler to drive over. The platform height is also reduced so vehicles will experience a smoother entry and exit. We have worked with emergency services, local councils, and other key road-user groups to ensure the design is fit for everyone without compromising on safety.

We are progressing designs of the next batch of crossings and subject to funding will start construction at the end of the year.

More information about Road to Zero and how we are improving road safety in the Wairarapa is available on our website.

Road to Zero

Proposed new pedestrian crossings

Locations of current or proposed pedestrian crossing improvements

Have your say

In August and September 2021 we asked for your thoughts on the proposed pedestrian crossing upgrades. Feedback is now closed.

Raised pedestrian crossing

Example of what the raised pedestrian crossing looks like.