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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey is demanding the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) expedites a safety improvement plan to provide safe crossing for pedestrians across State Highway 1 in Woodend.

“I’m telling them to make it happen and to make it happen within the next 12 months,” Doocey says.

In a letter to NZTA South Island manager Jim Harland, Doocey called on NZTA to ensure the safety improvement plan was implemented within 12 months and that funding for the project be secured and announced to the Woodend and Pegasus communities urgently.

“The last straw for local residents was hearing at my public meeting with NZTA in September   that any future safety improvement plan on SH1 in Waimakariri would take up to three years to implement and has no guarantee of funding.

“This is unacceptable when parents tell me they are scared to cross SH1 to get to Woodend School and the elderly say they are putting off shopping and attending medical appointments because they don’t want to run the gauntlet.

“NZTA needs to provide safer pedestrian crossing across SH1 in Woodend urgently.

“I will update our community as soon as I receive a response from NZTA,” Doocey said.

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